Humanitarian partners continue to scale up operations across all sectors to provide life-saving assistance to over 158, 000 displaced people despite several challenges. A biometric verification exercise of IDPs previously registered was completed confirming only a few new arrivals. The verification will enable partners to target assistance consistently across the camps.
The suspension of ACF/AAH operations in September affected 14,000HHs who went without food rations for almost two months, resorting to harmful coping mechanisms such as children hawking or begging and stealing. Protection concerns such as transactional sex also heightened in the community.
Following the end of the rainy season, nine fire incidents were reported. About 500 people across nine of the 12 IDP camps were affected between 24 October and 27 November 2019. State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and CCCM/Shelter/NFIs sector partners are assisting the fire victims.
Cases of Acute Water Diarrhea (AWD) and measles were reported in October and November. Three AWD fatalities were reported while 30 cases tested positive to Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT), suggesting cholera. The humanitarian community has made adequate contingency plans in case of a cholera outbreak. In October, 53 cases of measles were reported. According to the health sector partners, population movement is responsible for the trend. About 1,150 measles cases were recorded between January and November in health facilities operated by ALIMA.
Provision of adult in-patient health services remains challenging since the MSF withdrawal from Monguno. The only remaining adult in-patient health facility managed by ALIMA is overwhelmed, besides facing operational challenges related to lack of fuel for generators. The LGA leadership has invited partners interested in providing a more comprehensive intervention to adult health needs, but none has responded to the call.
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs