The number of children infected by measles at Maiduguri Arabic Teachers College (ATC) camp has increased from 22 two days ago to 77, though the death toll remains at 6, even as state officials are seen battling to make the environment where the infected children are kept habitable.Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Engineer Ahmed Alhaji Satomi who confirmed that 77 children infected by measles are in the isolated block within the camp where they are undergoing medical treatment, said all the children are being screened.
Engineer Satomi said he is acting on the instruction of Governor Kashim Shettima to ensure proper medication, feeding and welfare of the infected children. “You know we are hosting IDPs from Marte, Gwoza and Askira Uba in the camp before we relocated those from Gwoza to Bakassi camp and those from Askira Uba back to their communities. The disease was introduced to the camp by people coming from Monguno whose communities were recently liberated after over two years of occupation by Boko Haram,” he said.
“We are now disinfecting the whole area to be able to have full control of the disease. We have enhanced their feeding to meet up with recommendation by dieticians. The governor directed us to do everything possible to ensure that they are comfortable and regain their health immediately,” Satomi said.
A police medical team deployed by the Inspector General of Police led by Dr P. Laki, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, was seen at the camp administering treatment.
Police Public Relations officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Victor Isukwu who confirmed the presence of the team said the IGP deployed the team in response to disturbing medical reports on IDPs in the state saying the IGP is scheduled to visit the state today to donate relief materials.