Story from Sa’adatu MAINA, Damaturu
Irked by the increasing cases of Malaria fever among Garin Wayo, Mubi/Fusami Ward in Fika Local Government Area of Yobe State, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Hamada Community Development Foundation has on Thursday distributed 100 pieces of Long Lasting Insecticides Nets (LLIN) to Pregnant and Lactating women.
Executive Director of the Hamada Community Development Foundation told Daily Independent shortly after the distribution that “following our research that the community has recorded the highest percentage of malaria cases compared to other places, we also discovered that the community were deficient of long-lasting insecticides nets, therefore, the Hamada CDF decided to distribute one hundred (100) long-lasting insecticides nets free of charge to the Pregnant and Lactating Mothers in the community to ameliorate the malaria infestation in the target community”.
In his welcome address on the occasion of the distribution, the Village Head of Garin Wayo Community, Bulama Mohammed thanked the NGO for the support “your intervention is timely because we are faced with the problem of Malaria infection resulting from the mosquito bites, we are living in a bush where it easily breeds mosquitoes, this donation of mosquito nets will go a long way in reducing the cases of Malaria fever among our community members, we’re indeed grateful for that”.
Reading the brief history of the NGO, an official of the organization, Ibrahim Muri explained that Hamada Community Development Foundation was established in 2004 as Desert Youth Initiative “however after series of constructive engagements with the community members, the organization realized that there was a need for an all-inclusive approach to Community Development. This necessitated for redirection of focus, which also compelled the founding members to rename the organization and later registered with the Yobe State Ministry of Youths Sports Social and Community Development and subsequently Corporate Affairs Commission”.
According to him, Hamada Community Development Foundation is a non-profit, non-political Civil Society Organization that is concerned with the general improvement of the living conditions of the community through participatory development approach.
Also speaking, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Umar Alhaji Mohammed and Health Promotion Officer Mohammed Abdulsalam asked the beneficiaries to make good use of the nets and avoid selling them out.
One of the beneficiaries who gave her name as Maryam Abdullahi also expressed gratitude to the donors for coming to their aid “we are thankful for your intervention especially to the pregnant and lactating mothers”.