UNICEF caters for thousands at Borno refugee camp

Starvation, Borno

Starvation, Borno

AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been  working with partners in Bama, Borno State to provide health, nutrition  and water and sanitation support in a camp housing 25 000 people displaced  by the Boko Haram.

A majority of these are children, numbering 15 000.

The international organisation said it had provided health and nutrition support for approximately 19 000 people.

“Since May, UNICEF and the Borno State Primary Health Care Development   Agency have had a permanent primary health care presence in Bama,” said UNICEF.

“We are seeing an average of 140 outpatients a day, providing treatment primarily for malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhoea; screening children for malnutrition and treating severely malnourished children; and providing Vitamin A, micronutrient supplements and deworming tablets,” UNICEF said.

It added that most recent data available from the team on the ground show that from April 3 to May 31, more than 320 children were admitted for treatment for severe acute malnutrition – an average of six new cases per day.

“UNICEF has also repaired and upgraded five boreholes in Bama, providing 10-12 litres of water per day per person in the camp. Construction work is due to begin on 150 latrines in the next few days,” it added.

The organisation said ithad also identified 3 000 children who had become separated from their families. UNICEF has started registering children with the aim of trying to trace their families.

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