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