1,500 women gave birth in 28 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno in 2015. The Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr. Sule Mene, disclosed this on Sunday February 7, in Maiduguri.
Dr. Sule Mene told the News Agency of Nigeria that the deliveries were recorded between January 2015 and January 2016. He said about 14,600 pregnant women received anti-natal care, psycho-social services and child nutrition support, adding that the agency had about 1,200 severe medical cases, which were referred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital for proper care.
He said the agency had established 20 Integrated Primary Health Care Centres for IDPs in all the camps to provide healthcare and referral services and have posted 14 health officials to each of the camps to provide health care services like routine immunization against preventable diseases for children aged zero to 11 months and about 190,000 IDPs in 28 camps across the state had benefited from its free medical outreach.
He also said the Borno State government and Federal Road Safety Commission collaborated with and helped the agency.
The Borno State Government has procured health kits for each of the IDPs to help cater for their immediate needs. We have equally distributed mosquito nets to each and every one of them.
He said that in addition to this, the agency had inaugurated about 240 Integrated Primary Health Care Teams (IPHCT) that would ensure availability of the relevant services to meet the demands of IDPs in camps.
Dr. Mene however mentioned increasing number of IDPs coming to the camps on a daily basis from the liberated towns as a major challenge of the agency but stated that despite the fact that the camp is currently being over-stretched, it is working with partners like National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP,) Doctors without Borders and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) among others, to provide conducive, healthy and hygienic environment for the displaced persons.
The women are part of the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria. About 20,000 people have also been killed and millions rendered homeless.