My name is Clara and I am Mercy Corps’ programme manager in Nigeria for a programme focused on improving food security and economic empowerment. We provide lifesaving assistance, especially food assistance, to over 18,500 vulnerable households, and shelter to 4,000 households.
There is a lack of awareness of COVID-19, and no health facilities that could help in an outbreak. We are worried that there aren’t enough resources or adequate materials to address the crisis; people in northwest Nigeria often live in overcrowded areas and if there is an outbreak many people will suffer. COVID 19 is an added burden to an already existing, prolonged crisis.
We are following guidance from the CDC, the WHO and public health authorities to promote handwashing and other safety measures, and prioritising life-saving activities. We need more COVID-19 testing centres to make sure that those people who have tested positive can receive the necessary care and treatment.
Patricia, United Kingdom
I just want to send a huge thank you to all the surgeons, doctors, nurses and porters , and cleaners for all you have done for us, not just over this time of covid 19 times, but for every time you sit holding a hand when we are scared and so very ill, risking your lives for us, and for the loss of collegues, friends and loved ones. for the way the sacrifice you made when leaving your families and going to work every day to help us. God Bless each and everyone. THANK YOU SO MUCH. GOD BLESS.