By Ali Inuwa
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday that it had provided emergency health support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in liberated communities of Mafa and Dikwa in Borno.
WHO spokesperson, Ms Kulchumi Hammanyero, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Maiduguri, said the gesture was in response to the critical needs of the IDPs.
Hammanyero said that the WHO Acting Country Representative, Dr Rex Mpazanje, presented the materials at a ceremony in Maiduguri.
She also said that the gesture was aimed at intervening in the critical health sector of the area.
“In response to the critical health needs of IDPs in Borno, the World Health Organization (WHO) through the State Ministry of Health has delivered emergency medical supplies to Mafa and Dikwa IDPs camps.
“WHO is committed to supporting the government of Borno and other parts of North-East of Nigeria to continue to have access to health services, including those in the hardest to access areas through the provision of emergency lifesaving medicines which currently are urgently needed.
“WHO is appealing for US 13.5 million dollars to support health interventions until the end of 2016, out of which US 2 million dollars has been received leaving a funding gap of 82 percent.
“The medical supplies are in form of Inter-agency Emergency Health Kit with enough drugs and medical supplies to treat 15,000 people for three month.Malaria and Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) kits were also provided.
“The supplies will be distributed to the only existing health facility in each camp and to mobile teams,” Hammanyero said.
She also said:`the selection of the two camps follows from the UN joint assessment mission to Mafa and Dikwa which showed Malaria and Acute Respiratory Tract Infections rates are high in IDP camps, accounting for 33 percent and 16 percent respectively.
Receiving the items on behalf of state government, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Abubakar Hassan, thanked the organisation for the gesture.
“Many of the IDPs health facilities in the state are in need of such assistance and WHO’s assistance has, therefore, come at the right time,” Hassan said.