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Borno political crisis takes toll

13 June 2013, 10:10

Abuja- The political problems in the Borno State are taking their toll on the mental well-being of residents, a senior governmental official said.

The State Commissioner for Health, Salma Annas Kolo, said cases of psychological trauma such as mental disorder, hypertension, heart diseases as well as unwanted pregnancy and physical disorder were on the rise in recent weeks following incessant terrorism acts blamed on the Boko Haram sect.

She said the problems were also affecting children.

Kolo said despite the challenges, the state was doing commendably in mitigating the challenges.

“I can say that we have risen from non-performance level to the most performing state in the last two years under the Kashim Shettima administration," she said.

The state government has during the period increased the number of medical personnel from 35 to 115 doctors.

It has increased allowances to medical students and is presently processing the recruitment of 250 nurses and midwives to boost medical staff in the 27 local government areas.

The First Lady, Nana Shettima, has also helped secure funds to champion child survival strategies.

 - CAJ News



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