The fight by the Nigerian Government against the cholera epidemic affecting the country, mostly in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states has received the desired boost following the €500,000 allocated by the European Union from its Epidemics Tool.
According to Modestus Chukwulaka, Press Officer, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS in a Statement made available to TV360, the intervention becomes necessary as about One Million, Six Hundred Thousand (1.6m) internally-displaced persons and One Million (1m) members of the local population are at risk, while at least 11,820 cases and 382 associated deaths have been reported in these states.
The Statement quotes the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič as saying: “Nigeria has been facing many crises at the same time, including measles and malaria outbreaks, record levels of food insecurity and malnutrition, and catastrophic flooding – the latter also impacting negatively on the spread of cholera.
“In addition, the security situation has rendered access to many communities increasingly challenging. With the EU’s support, our humanitarian partners will work to reduce morbidity and mortality through early detection, awareness raising, health education and case management.”
This latest intercession, comes on the heels of the €100,000 the EU has already allocated to Nigeria in response to the floods affecting the country.
In October 2022, the EU also committed €700,000 million in humanitarian aid to support the fight against cholera epidemics in Syria, €100,000 million for the cholera outbreak in Ethiopia and €1 million for the cholera outbreak in Haiti.
The statement acknowledges the European Union and its Member States as the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid, while also recognising relief assistance as an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world.
And with headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the European Union provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs so as to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.
The European Union also helps millions of victims of conflict and disasters every year through its Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department.