Abuja - The Borno State Government has concluded plans to deploy social workers to internally displaced people’s (IDPs) camps in the state.
Director of Emergency Medical Response in the Borno State Ministry of Health, Dr Muhammad Ghuluze, disclosed the development.
He said the social workers would help address rising cases of trauma and psychiatric problems among displaced persons.
Ghuluze said the development is to assist victims who had suffered trauma due to the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents, which led them to fleeing their homelands.
He revealed that the state Ministry of Health had already established clinics in almost all the IDPs camps in the state since last year.
He said that the ministry had equally deployed doctors, nurses, midwives and other health workers to ensure proper running of the clinics.
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“We have already set up medical clinics in 18 out of the 21 IDPs camps in Maiduguri with the aim of providing medical services to the displaced persons. We have recently mobilized social workers including psychiatric doctors to the clinics after we discovered high rate of psychiatric disorders in the camps. The social workers will co-exist with the other medical and health workers in the clinic for effective service delivery. The idea is to provide easy access to those in need of such services,” Ghuluze said
He pledged that the ministry had ensured regular supply of drugs to the clinics.
“We have been supplying drugs to the clinics for treatment of minor ailments. The camp staff has been empowered to refer patients requiring further attention to the Specialists Hospital for treatment free of charge,” Ghuluze said.
He revealed that the ministry had also distributed thousands of insecticide0treated mosquito nets to the IDPs camps to combat malaria.
“We have distributed Insecticide Mosquito nets to all the IDP camps as part of the Roll Back Malaria programme,” he added.
Borno is the state worst affected by the Boko Haram crisis that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced more than 1,5 million in recent years.
- CAJ News