Two thousand Onitsha indigenes are to receive palliatives under the first phase of the distribution scheme which commenced on Monday, May 18, at the Justice Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium Onitsha. It will run till Saturday May 18, with days assigned to various quarters that constitute Onicha Ebo Itenani.
Items which are being distributed in strict compliance with COVID -19 safety measures include rice, beans, vegetable oil, sachet tomato paste, condiments, and milk powder. A team of Onitsha doctors are providing talks on Covid-19 prevention and mitigation measures alongside the distribution.
The event was declared open by the Joint Coordinators of the Onitsha Community Covid-19 Response Team Chief Chulo Asika, Akpe Olodi and Chief Mike Areh, Ede Gbogbogaga. Kpari Rita Okolonji, Lead, Field Operations of the Response Team, Sir Chike Ekweogwu, President General, Onitsha Improvement Union, and Honourable Patrick Agha Mba, Transition Chairman, Onitsha North Local Government Area were also present at the event.
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.
The first batch of beneficiaries’ hail from Isiokwe, Mbgelekeke, Obior, Ogbembubu, Ogbeodogwu, Ogbeotu, Ogbeozoma, Umuikem, and Umuonogbo quarters.