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
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
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.
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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
Sidi assured adequate security and incentives would be
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