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NEMA denies starving Borno refugees

14 July 2015, 09:51 Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has rejected reports it had been providing inadequate meals to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in refugee camps in Maiduguri.

Such reports are prevalent in social media amid the worsening crisis in the city, which is the capital of the Borno State.

North East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, in an interaction with media, expressed surprise at the suggestions.

"The federal and state governments have through their emergency agencies and in collaboration with other humanitarian communities, been providing charitable assistance to address the needs of IDPs living within designated camps as well as those who are living with relations," he said.

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“Our organisation, in partnership with Borno State Ministry of Health and other civil society, health and human rights groups renders assistance in settling bills of referral medical cases of vulnerable IDPs within camps and victims of bomb blasts as well.”

Kanar pointed out that recently, NEMA has granted N30 million support to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) to enable them timely respond to the needs of health cases referred to the hospital.

“Similar support will be provided to other major hospitals in due course,"
Kanar said.

Borno has borne the biggest brunt of the Boko Haram crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 13 000 people and displaces close to 2 million in recent years.

- CAJ News


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