LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE health situation in Borno State is critical with at least 500 000 people who are either displaced or cut off in enclaves outside state capital Maiduguri in urgent need of food, medical care, water and shelter.
This is according to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the medical humanitarian organization, as the crisis caused by the Boko Haram terror group worsens in northeast Nigeria.
“A massive aid effort is vital to provide assistance to people who are cut off or in remote areas,” says Dr. Isabelle Defourny, MSF’s regional program manager.
“Everything suggests that the situation of people in other towns like Dikwa is just as critical and that they also need food and medical care.”
MSF is conducting other exploratory missions with insecurity is a major issue.
An MSF team has arrived in Bama to provide support with medical and nutritional treatment.
Bama and Dikwa and areas close to the frontline exposed to attack by Boko Haram can only be reached under army escort.
Meanwhile, the displaced are continuing to seek refuge in Maiduguri. With such an influx of people, the town’s hospitals are overwhelmed and have to turn patients away.
Recently, six children with measles who could not be admitted to hospital were sent back to the displaced persons camp where their families had just arrived. Increasing inpatient capacity in Maiduguri is therefore another of MSF’s priorities.
– CAJ News