LAGOS: MEDECINS Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the international health group, has pledged to support pregnant women and children, who are the most vulnerable in a camp established to cater for victims of terror attacks.
Known as the Teacher Village, the camp in Maiduguri, Borno State is housing some 5 000 survivors of the recent attack on Baga.
Having assessed the most urgent needs, MSF said it had donated food, drugs and medical supplies to the health centre in the village, which was running short of supplies.
Officials said amid the challenges, the MSF team will also support the camp’s health centre, with a focus on the health of pregnant women and children, who are particularly susceptible.
“We will provide support in the areas of child malnutrition, antenatal consultations and deliveries for the many pregnant women in the camp, as well as providing basic healthcare,” said Isabelle Mouniaman-Nara, head of MSF’s programmes in Nigeria.
“At the same time, we will closely monitor the situation in the camp and the numbers of displaced people, and adapt our activities according to their needs.” In the wake of a major attack carried out by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram on the town of Baga, in northern Nigeria, a team from MSF is assisting survivors who have fled to the city of Maiduguri.
More than 2 000 people are believed to have been killed in the attack-said to be the deadliest by Boko Haram for five years-while thousands more have been displaced from their homes in Baga, in the north of Borno State.
Maidaguri, according to MSF, is also tense after a suicide bomb attack on the city’s market killed 20 people this past weekend.
MSF, which has been working in Nigeria since 2004, has had a permanent base in Maiduguri, the main city in Borno State, since August 2014.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY