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IDP's appeal to Buhari in improved welfare

20 October 2015, 20:32

Abuja - The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Durumi Camp, Abuja, on Tuesday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to provide basic social amenities at IDPs camps nationwide.

The Secretary of the IDPs Camps, Mr Bala Yusuf, made the call on the sideline of a visit by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution and some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Abuja.

Yusuf lamented that the IDPs camps in Abuja had no basic facilities while their members went through difficulties to access healthcare services.
He particularly lamented over the condition of one of their members, Malam Abdullahi Usman, who was involved in an accident while operating a commercial tricycle to earn a living.

Yusuf told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Usman was still being detained by the National Hospital, Abuja, over non-payment of N 350,000 bill.

He regretted that the IDPs had not been able to raise the money while the condition of Usman was deteriorating, and appealed to the National Hospital management to release their member.

According to him, the hospital treated the patient and gave them a bill of N387,455, out of which the IDP members paid only N85,000.

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"I met them (hospital officials) and talked to them about our position as the Secretary to this camp; I told them the camp IDPs can’t find this kind of money.

"They said they are no longer treating him, that they have discharged him already. They are not working on him again and now he has not come to his normal senses.

"He behaves like a mad person because the accident affected his brain,” he said.

According to him, the IDPs are appealing to the government, especially the administration of Buhari, to come to their aid so as to offset the patient’s medical bill.

"We are appealing to the government that we are IDPs, we don’t have business; we have nothing to do.

"Even the food that we eat, it is brought by organisations like Muslim, Christian organisations and NGOs. We are not farming.

"In our communities where we came from, we were farmers but we don’t have land to farm.

"The government should provide some amenities like healthcare. They should treat us free. Why should they charge IDPs equivalent to what they charge workers?”

He said no government agencies came to give them medical aid except the Air Force, saying they received medical assistance from Muslim and Christian organisations and individuals.

Yusuf put the population of the IDPs at Durumi camp at 1,539.

According to him, it used to be IDPs from Bama and Gwoza but that they now comprised of IDPs from all the three affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

The Inpatient Statement of Account from Sept. 20 to Oct. 5, obtained by NAN from the IDPs confirmed that Usman’s medical bill was N387,455 out of which N38,000 had been paid.

The document with hospital number: 467671, also had the address of Usman as Internally Displaced Camp.

The document showed that the statement of account was prepared by Mr Garba Musa Turawa, Director Finance and Accounts, while the Consultant was Dr Oluwole Olaomi.



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