By IHIDERO VICTOR OSAE
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday said it has provided over 19,000 people with health and nutrition support between the month of May and June 2016.
In a statement signed by Doune Porter, the Chief of Communication, UNICEF Nigeria, made available to journalists in Kaduna by Rabiu Musa of the Media and External Relations, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, also added that within the period 3 April to 31 May 2016, 323 children were admitted for treatment for Severe Acute Malnutrition, recording an average of 6 new cases per day.
According to him, “UNICEF and the Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency have had a permanent primary health care presence 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.”
Porter, explained that “The town of Bama has been accessible to humanitarian assistance since March 2016 and UNICEF, working with our partners on the ground, has been working in Bama since then, primarily in the IDPs camp in the town that houses approximately 25,000 people who have been displaced by the conflict. Of these, 15,000 are children.
“Most recent data available from the team on the ground, which does not have regular means of communication, show that during this period, we have repaired and upgraded five boreholes in Bama, providing 10-12 litres of water per day per person in the IDPs camp.
“In the following days, construction work is due to begin on 150 latrines. We have also identified three thousand children who have become separated from their families and have started to register children with the aim of trying to trace their families”, he said.