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Borno monarch appeals for counselling for refugees

24 February 2015, 21:29

Abuja - The Sheu of Borno State, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, has appealed for professional medical services to be extended to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) traumatised  by the on-going Boko Haram crisis in the north-eastern region of the country.

The paramount traditional ruler made the appeal when members of Doctors Around the Earth visited him in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

The monarch called on all health related organisations to come in and provide professional services to the IDPs in various camps in Maiduguri, the state capital, and elsewhere.

Also read: Taraba group pleads for return of displaced locals

He said although the Borno State government had deployed some health personnel to provide services within numerous camps of the IDPs in Maiduguri, there was still the need for other health related organisations and volunteering doctors as well as other health workers to intervene and provide services.

"I commend doctors who were in Borno State to render professional assistance to those affected by insurgency even though their mission was to fight Ebola in West Africa," said El-Kanemi.

Founder and President General of Doctors Around the Earth, Dr Ibrahim Khadjam, who represented by Hauwa Mohammed, told the Shehu  they decided to extend their mission to North Eastern part of Nigeria to assist victims of insurgency at various camps particularly in Maiduguri, Gombe and some neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic. 

- CAJ News


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