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Boko Haram devastates Borno hospitals

14 December 2016, 18:46

Abuja - The Boko Haram terror group has destroyed over 200 health facilities in the Borno State, northeast Nigeria, the World Health Organisation disclosed.

This is out of more than 700 health centres in the state.

A third of those facilities are intact but not functioning at all.

WHO worked with the Borno Ministry of Health to establish a Health Resources Availability Monitoring System to collect information on the availability of health resources and services in the crisis.

The system has identified 743 health facilities of which 35 percent are completely destroyed, another 29 percent partially damaged and only 34 percent intact.

About 100 temporary health facilities have been set up to support the response, of which 49 are emergency clinics for displaced people living in camps.

Also read: Boko Haram bought powerful weapons with $12.5million ransom 

Of the 481 health facilities that have not been destroyed, 31 percent are not functioning, mostly as a result of lack of access due to insecurity.

Almost 60 percent of facilities have no access to safe water and 73 facilities do not have enough chlorine stocks to decontaminate the water used in the facility.

Dr Wondi Alemu, WHO Representative in Nigeria, said insecurity, difficult terrain and lack of health workers, medicines, equipment and basic amenities made access to health care extremely difficult for people in the region.

“WHO’s top priority is to help save lives and prevent sickness among the estimated 6 million people who need health assistance in this crisis.”

Alemu added, “However, more resources are needed.”

 The United Nations and partners need US$ 94 million to provide health services. Of this, WHO needs $31 million to deliver on its response plans in 2017.




- CAJ News


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