By Dipo Olowookere
Camp Manager of Bakassi camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Mr Mohammed Gujibawu, has revealed that about 3,213 pregnancies were recorded between June and December this year at the camp.
Mr Gujibawu made this known when a delegation of the United Nations humanitarian agencies, comprising WHO, UNPFA , UNCR , ICRC , UNICEF, FAO, OHRC, UNOCHAR, IOM and representative of the Federal Government visited the camp to assess the humanitarian situation there.
According to him, some of the challenges facing the camp are inadequate supply for infants and adults, inadequate school learning materials for the children, lack of potable water, inadequate supply of drugs for underage patients, and absence of ambulance, among others.
He called for more support from every quarters, noting that the number of people in the camp was swelling by the day.
“We also have a reasonable number of unaccompanied children separated from their parents, or wives separated from their husbands, who were either killed or abducted by the insurgents,” he said.
In her remarks, head of sub-office of the UN Migration Agency (IOM), Miss Nangila Khakula Emma, disclosed that the UN Humanitarian Bodies came from their various headquarters to monitor the humanitarian situation in all the IDPs camps in Borno with a view to helping to address the challenges in them.
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