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IDP camps in urgent need of medical personnel

24 March 2016, 20:23

Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called for the deployment of more medical doctors and other health personnel to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps to improve their healthcare.

The Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, made the appeal when he led a team of health policy specialists and clinicians for an on the spot Health needs assessment and strategy appraisal at IDPs camps in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The assessment was to determine  challenges and health related issues affecting IDPs camps in Maiduguri and host communities as well as liberated communities.

Sidi said there were 12 satellite camps set up in liberated communities currently without adequate health personnel.

“Even though we have a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and working relationship with other secondary health facilities for referral cases, these camps need to have medical personnel for immediate treatment of cases,” he said.

Also read: 58 die in Borno IDP camp suicide bomb attacks

It was observed that in Bakasi camp, accommodating 11 819 IDPs, had recorded 27 new births as well as 3 393 outpatient consultations in the month of February with only one medical doctor from United Nations Children’s Fund and some few health personnel attending to them.

He appealed to volunteer doctors who are willing to be deployed to camps in liberated communities to come forward and join the ones on ground.

Sidi assured adequate security and incentives would be provided.

The satellite camps are in Dikwa, Mafa, Damboa, Baga, Bama, Gwoza and Askira Uba.

Others include Sabon Garin- Damboa, Beneishek, Ngamborou Ngala, Mongunu Baki and Konduga. 


- CAJ News

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