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UNICEF sets Maiduguri base

24 September 2013, 11:31Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) plans to open an office in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to assist government eradicate polio, provide information on malnutrition and enhance primary health care provision.

UNICEF Country Representative, Jean Gough, the fact that some members of the community were struggling to access the sole office was stifling such efforts.

“We are also establishing office in Borno to care for the state and northeast because we have observed the distance in our present office at Bauchi is not helping matters. The Bauchi office is far from Borno hence the need to open an office in Maiduguri,” she said.

She nonetheless could not specify when the new outlet would be opened.

Borno Governor Kashim Shettima, who lauded the visit of the Country Representative to the state, welcomed the plans to establish an office in the region.

“Any organisation which can partner with Borno at this critical period is indeed our friend and should be commended. We appreciate your (Gough’s) visit,” the premier said.

Borno has been the worst affected by an outbreak of polio in the country. Last week, it was reported Borno recorded about 14 cases of the child killer disease out of the national 37 and the global 44 cases. Maiduguri had six of the cases, the highest prevalence.

This has been attributed to the problem of the Boko Haram insurgents, which limited movement in the region.

- CAJ News



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