LAGOS: THE International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) reported they had brought aid to almost 50 000 displaced and vulnerable people in the first five months of the year.
As the conflict and violence intensify in some parts of Nigeria, the ICRC and its local entity are responding to emergencies, managing and evacuating the wounded and dead, and helping people driven from their homes.
“The conflict in north-east Nigeria has flared up in recent months, while other areas have seen growing tensions and armed violence. The number of people killed, wounded or displaced is on the rise, with children being targeted in attacks or abductions,” said Zoran Jovanovic, head of the International ICRC delegation in Nigeria. More and more displaced people are seeking refuge in neighbouring villages, states and countries, often taken in by host communities.”
Jovanovic said the increased violence and bomb attacks in Jos, Kano and Abuja have put a strain on hospitals, some of which needed additional supplies to treat the sudden influxes of mass casualties.
“All parties involved in the violence must spare civilian life and property,” added Jovanovic.
The ICRC, together with the National Red Cross Societies in the region, is providing humanitarian assistance – medical care and emergency relief – to the victims of the conflict, both within Nigeria and in neighbouring countries, especially Niger.
Some 1 190 people wounded in armed violence in northern Nigeria and in the capital Abuja have received emergency care from first-aid providers trained by the ICRC and NRCS.
“In recent months, we have made 50 donations of surgical and first-aid supplies to 17 hospitals and facilities providing first aid in communities without any other access to health services,” explained Bernadette Gleeson, head of ICRC surgical and first-aid programmes in Nigeria.
“A full ICRC surgical team remains on standby to assist with the management and treatment of people wounded by firearms or explosive devices. After the bomb blast on a market in Jos last May, they helped treat over 30 patients admitted to Plateau State Specialist Hospital.” –
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY