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