Two thousand Onitsha indigenes are to receive palliatives under the second phase of the distribution scheme which commenced on Wednesday, June 24, at Ime Obi Onicha, Ezechima Square Onitsha. It will end on Saturday July 4, with days assigned to various quarters that constitute Onicha Ebo Itenani.
Palliative packs which are being distributed in strict compliance with COVID -19 safety measures contain rice, beans, vegetable oil, sachet tomatoes powdered milk, and a face mask.
Beneficiaries were determined based on such two broad criteria: medical and socio -economic. The medical criterion applies to persons with physical or mental disability, and chronic illness such as heart / kidney disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension. Unemployed persons, indigent widows and ladies who are either divorced or separated and lack material support fall under the socio economic criterion.
His Majesty, Nnaemeka Achebe, Obi of Onitsha (Agbogidi) witnessed the distribution process on the first day of the exercise. Also present were representatives of the Anambra State government which included Dr Albert Okeke, Medical Officer of Health, Onitsha North Local Government Area (LGA) and Dr JC Ezedinachi, Public Health Director for the LGA. The government representatives stated that their visit was prompted by news of the novel work of the Onitsha Community COVID 19 Response Team (OCCRT), hence the need to see the Field Operations Workgroup of the OCCRT in action.
Two thousand Onitsha indigenes received palliatives in the first phase of the distribution scheme which ran from Monday, May 18 till Saturday May 23.