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Foundation solicits support for IDP's over health challenges

12 November 2015, 18:37

Abuja - The Stefanos Foundation, a Jos-based Non-Governmental Organisation, has solicited the support of Nigerians and corporate organisations to address the increasing health needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps scattered across Nigeria and parts of Cameroun.

The Programme Coordinator of the Foundation, Mr Mark Lipdo, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the situation could degenerate if nothing was done urgently to address the challenge.

The coordinator said more than 400 IDPs had so far died due to cholera between October 2014 to date at the Gawar and Zamay camps in Cameroun.

He added that 47 people tested positive to hepatitis in camps managed by the Foundation in Nigeria, while others were living with different ailments that required urgent treatment.

He noted that "for now, Stefanos Foundation is providing emergency medical services at the clinic in Bukuru camp, while critical cases are referred to appropriate hospitals.

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"The clinic spends about N80,000 per month on essential drugs and medical consumables but the most prevalent health cases in the camps are malaria and cough.

"So far, the clinic has registered two critical cases requiring about N250,000, so, we are calling for assistance from individuals and corporate bodies.’’

Lipdo added that the increasing health and other needs of the IDPs was overwhelming, hence the urgent need for support.

He identified other needs of the IDPs camps to include the provision of water supply, beddings and mosquito nets, trauma care, vaccination, treatment and provision of essential drugs.

The coordinator said other needs of the camp include the construction of makeshift structures for kitchen, food supplies, payment of premises rent, payment of camp officials’ allowances, continuing education/literacy classes.

He added that the camps also required facilities for skills acquisition/vocational training, as well as employment opportunities for IDPs with skilled labour.

Lipdo said the Foundation had done its best by not only providing food and healthcare for the more than 12,000 IDPs in camps in the country, but had executed projects in the camps to make them more habitable.

He noted that although Vice President Yomi Osinbajo had, through the State House Chaplain, Pastor Joseph Malomo, recently assured the Foundation of its support, Nigerians should come to the aid of the IDPs.

He announced that the Foundation would host a programme in Jos on Dec. 6 to mark the one year anniversary of the establishment of the Jos camp for IDPs.

He said the inhabitants of the Jos and Nasarawa IDPs camps are indigenes of Kunde, Tatsa, Himbe, Gathoghre, Gharaza and other villages on the Gwoza hills of Borno. 



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