of National Emergency
Management Agency,
Muhammad Sani Sidi, has
called for deployment of
more medical doctors and
others health personnel
to Internally Displaced
Persons’, IDP camps to
improve their healthcare.
He stated this when he
led a team of health policy
specialists and clinicians for
an on-the -spot health needs
assessment and strategy
appraisal at IDPs camps in
Maiduguri, Borno State.
Sidi said that the assessment
was to determined medical
challenges and health
related issues affecting IDPs
camps in Maiduguri and
host communities as well
as liberated communities
with emphasis on children,
maternal care and vulnerable
Sani Sidi said there were
12 satellite camps set up
in liberated communities
currently without adequate
health personnel adding that
even though the agency had
an MoU with University of
Maiduguri Teaching Hospital
and working relationship
with other secondary health
facilities for referral cases,
these camps need to have
medical personnel for
immediate treatment of
It was observed that
in Bakasi camp which
accommodating 11,819 IDPs
had recorded 27 new births
as well as 3,393 outpatient
consultations in the month
of February with only one
Medical doctor from UNICEF
and some few health personnel
attending to them.
He appealed to volunteer
doctors who are willing to be
deployed to camps in liberated
communities to come forward
and join the ones on ground,
promising that adequate
security and incentives would
be provided.
Common health problems
identified in some of the
visited camps included
Hypertension, Diabetes
mellitus, Eye problems,
Malaria, Peptic Ulcer disease
and Malnutrition.
Some of the challenges
noted down include
inadequate health personnel
and lack of steady supply
of desirable drugs and
Those satellite camps are in
Dikwa, Mafa, Damboa, Baga,
Bama, Gwoza, Askira Uba.
Others include Sabon
Garin- Damboa, Beneishek,
Ngamborou, Ngala, Mongunu,
Banki and Kondiga.

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