ACCORDING TO United Nations Children’s Education Fund, UNICEF, humanitarian response in the North-East, out of the 25,000 people who have been displaced by the conflict, about 15,000 children are trapped in the town of Bama, Borno State. This was contained in a press statement sent to Nigerian Pilot Saturday by UNICEF’s Chief of Communication, Ms. Doune Porter in Abuja, yesterday. It said that UNICEF has provided health and nutrition support for approximately
19000 people since May, through the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency in Bama. “ We are seeing an average of 140 outpatients a day: providing treatment primarily for malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhoea; screening for malnutrition and treating severely malnourished children, as well as providing Vitamin A, micronutrient supplements and deworming tablets,” it said. Also the statement said that the most recent date available from the team on the ground, which does not have regular
means of communication, show that during the period of 3 April-31 May 2016, 323 children were admitted for treatment for severe acute malnutrition- an average of six new cases per day. UNICEF further said it had repaired and upgraded five boreholes in Bama, providing 10-12 litres of water per day per person in the IDP camp adding that three thousand children (3000) who have become separated from their families and have started to register children with the aim of trying to trace their families

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