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UN SAYS 1.1 MILLION INTERNALLY DISPLACED NIGERIANS LACK HEALTH SERVICES

At least 1.1 million Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) in camps and within communities in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states lack life-saving integrated health services, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The IDPs are in dire need of maternal health, psycho-social and mental health services, among others, says Habib Kori, a spokesperson for UNFPA Nigeria.

She added in a statement received here Tuesday that the health facilities in the three states, if not totally or partially destroyed, were constrained, without adequate staffing and insufficient supplies of equipment to meet the health needs of the population.

She said the available resources for humanitarian programming for 2016 were only able to address the health needs of 2.6 million people out of the 3.7 million who are in dire need of humanitarian services.

“Thirty per cent of the IDPs and those within host communities who require Gender-Based Violence services do not have access to these critical services,” Kori said.

She said the UNFPA humanitarian programme assisted more than 120 health care facilities and nine safe spaces for women and girls between 2015 and July 2016, benefiting an estimated 960,000 people.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK