Borno bans visits to IDP camps

The Borno State Government has imposed a four-week ban on visitors to all Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, Camps, in the state.

The move was part of the government’s strategy to contain the outbreak of Coronavirus in the state.

The decision was one of the strategies to prevent the importation of the virus at the camps into the state and the measure became necessary as some of the neighbouring countries like Chad Republic and Cameroon have recorded suspected cases.

The state government had last week appointed the Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur to chair a high powered multi-stakeholder response team, which had all agencies of the United Nations. The team is led by the World Health Organisation and Borno State Ministries of Health, Education, Transport, Information, Local Governments, Religious Affairs and agencies involved in humanitarian affairs.

The ban on IDP camp was announced by Chairperson of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, who is member of response team.

Hajiya Yabawa announced the ban during a meeting with 51 camp managers.

According to her, despite the closure of the borders by the neighbouring countries, there was still an influx of IDPs into the state.

The SEMA Boss directed all camp managers from Gamboru-Ngala, Damasak, Kalabalge, Banki, Bama and Monguno not to accept IDPs from any neighbouring country into their camps.

“We know we have a lot of threats around us following the sighting of suspected cases of the virus in Cameroon and Chad and we have some border towns very close to those countries. We do not want to go to the issue of response because even in developed countries, it was difficult for them to contain this pandemic. So at our own level, we are positioning ourselves to see how best we can stop the virus from transmitting in the state” Hajiya Yabawa said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria