In­sur­gency: Health ser­vices col­lapse in North East –NEMA Re­port

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Health ser­vices have col­lapsed in states af­fected by the Boko Haram in­sur­gency in the North-East, a re­port from the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency has said.

The re­port re­leased in Abuja yes­ter­day said the in­sur­gency has brought the health sys­tem to “to­tal col­lapse’’ in most lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas of Borno.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, 37 per cent of the pri­mary health care cen­tres in most af­fected lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas have been shut be­cause of the in­sur­gency.

The re­port fur­ther states that the ex­ist­ing health cen­tres are overwhelmed by the num­ber of In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) re­quir­ing health care as­sis­tance.

It adds that in spite of re­lent­less ef­forts from ac­tors to at­tend to IDPs, the need for emer­gency health sup­port is enor­mous.

“In spite of the of re­lent­less ef­forts from ac­tors on ground, the need for emer­gency health sup­port are acute, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing pro­vi­sion of health care for pre­ex­ist­ing con­di­tions,’’ the re­port states.

It also said that the risk of epi­demics is high in states af­fected by the state of emer­gency but that WHO in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Health in the af­fected states is car­ry­ing out dis­ease sur­veil­lance in com­mu­ni­ties that are ac­ces­si­ble. ( NAN)

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