In the aftermath of Christmastime violence that rocked communities in Plateau State, the World Health Organization (WHO) stepped in with a crucial donation of medical supplies to ease the suffering of survivors.
Walter Molumbo, WHO’s Country Representative, has presented trauma kits and other essential equipment to the state government, a gesture described as vital in mitigating the challenges faced by victims recovering in hospitals across the region.
The attacks, concentrated in areas like Barkin Ladi, Mangu, and Bokkos, left many wounded and seeking medical attention. Recognizing the urgent need for support, the WHO delivered “trauma kits and commodities to attend to health emergencies, provide immediate healthcare, and ensure victims receive vital care,” Dr. Molumbo stated.
These supplies, valued at millions of dollars, are estimated to cater to 100 critically injured individuals and facilitate 200 medical procedures.
Alongside the medical aid, the WHO delivered a message of condolence to the state government, acknowledging the deep wounds inflicted by the violence.
Cletus Shurkuk, the State Commissioner for Health, received the donation on behalf of the government, expressing heartfelt gratitude for the WHO’s swift action.
“Hundreds have been displaced; many are on admission needing attention,” Dr Shurkuk pointed out. “These kits will go a long way in alleviating their pain.” He further highlighted the ongoing need for assistance, not just in medical supplies, but also for the displaced who lack necessities like food, shelter, and clothing.
The WHO’s donation marked a crucial step in Plateau State’s healing process. While the trauma inflicted by the attacks will linger, the organization’s swift and generous response provides hope for the immediate burden on healthcare facilities.