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UN, NEMA pledge support services to IDPs

11 May 2015, 08:00Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The United Nations (UN) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have assured rescued women and children of social, psychological and health support before they are reintegrated back to society.

The Director General of NEMA Muhammad Sani Sidi and Resident Coordinator of the UN in Nigeria, Daouda Toure, gave the assurance at the weekend when they interacted with internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Malkohi Camp in Yola, Adamawa State.

"A mobile clinic has been deployed for medical screening to identify those who need treatment, while the agency in collaboration with UN agencies has mobilized a team of experts in psycho-trauma counseling and medical doctors to provide all the necessary medical care to the rescued," Sidi said.

The NEMA executive said most of the rescued children were severely malnourished and had eye infections. He noted that there were about 63 unaccompanied children and six pregnant women also among the more than 200 rescued victims.

Also read: UNICEF, SEMA, to erect tent classes for IDPs children in Yobe

The UN Resident Coordinator, Daouda Taure, told the rescued women and children that the world and their families had missed them but the UN agencies would support the Nigerian government in providing their needs to facilitate their reintegration with their communities.

He said the UN had directed all its relevant agencies to provide all the needed assistance and support to them.

Items which include infant feeding, children's clothes, diapers and sanitation were provided to 21 nursing mothers. Sidi said the agency had engaged tailors to sew at least five sets of clothes for each of the rescued women and children as most of them came with only the clothes they

The victims have been rescued from the Sambisa Forest, a stronghold of the Boko Haram terror sect. 

- CAJ News


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