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Doctors to the rescue at new Borno refugee camp

01 April 2015, 17:44Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Medical practitioners have partnered with government agencies to address the plight of terror victims at a newly-established camp in the Borno State.

The victims, who fled fighting between the army and the Boko Haram, are accommodated at Federal Training Centre in Dalori, Maiduguri.

It is estimated the refugees number 6 000, mainly women, children and the elderly with more are on their way.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the international, independent, medical humanitarian organization, reports that a tenth of the IDP (internally displaced persons) have accommodation.

Most are housed in the dilapidated buildings of the previous FTC abandoned since 4 years and the majority is being forced to sleep under trees.

An official said together with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), they are coming to the rescue.

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NEMA is to provide tents while a collective kitchen is being built in the camp, but for now those people with relatives outside the camp rely on them for food.

“Lack of sanitary facilities remains the major problem and people have to defecate in the open as there are no latrines. There is no water supply, and authorities have launched two boreholes diggings,” the official said.

He said the Ministry of Health asked MSF to provide support.

MSF, in collaboration with NEMA, has started deliveries.

Up to 15 000 litres of clean water is being trucked and this will continue until the two boreholes currently being dug are ready.

More water and sanitation activities will be launched in the FTC camp, as well as in the other Borno camps, officials said.

Borno State is worst affected by the Boko Haram insurgency that has killed more than 13 000 people and displaced more than 1,5 million in the last six years.

The Federal Government’s contentious handling of the problem is cited among the major reason incumbent Goodluck Jonathan was voted out of office during presidential elections held this past weekend.

- CAJ News


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