Medicine

WHO RESPONDS TO CRITICAL HEALTH NEEDS OF THE DISPLACED IN NIGERIA’S BORNO STATE

The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered emergency medical supplies to two camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria’s restive Borno State.

The WHO said in a statement received by Xinhua here Sunday that this was in response to the critical health needs of IDPs in the Mafa and Dikwa camps, two of the 15 areas liberated by Nigerian security forces and which are hosting more than 75,000 IDPs.

The medical supplies are in the form of Inter-agency Emergency Health Kits with enough drugs and medical supplies to treat 15,000 people for three months. 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.

The State Secretary in the Nigerian Ministry of Health, Abubakar Hassan, lauded the WHO’s contribution, saying the assistance had come in at the right time.

Rex Mpazanje, the acting WHO Country Representative, said the organization was committed to supporting the government of Borno State and other parts of the restive northeastern part of Nigeria to continue to have access to health services.

The WHO is appealing for 13.5 million US dollars to support health interventions until the end of 2016 in light of the humanitarian situation in Borno and other states in the northeastern part of Nigeria.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.