Malaria in­fec­tion in­creases at Kuchin­goro IDP camp

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Richard P. Ng­bokai

In­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons at new Kuchin­goro have com­plained about rising cases of malaria in­fec­tion in the camp.

The camp sec­re­tary, Mr. Enoch Yo­han­nah, said about 20 IDPs mostly women and chil­dren were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Mr. Yo­han­nah who dou­bles as a pri­mary healthcare giver in the camp at­trib­uted the cur­rent malaria in­fec­tion among the IDPs to mal­nu­tri­tion and mos­quito bites.

He said, “Be­cause of poverty, ma­jor­ity of the IDPs most of whom live in makeshift tents could not af­ford a treated mos­quito net to pre­vent them­selves from mos­quito bites, hence the re­sul­tant malaria in­fec­tion rate.”

The camp sec­re­tary who ex­pressed con­cern over drug short­age, said the camp de­pends on drugs do­nated by char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions to take care of the sick, stress­ing that cur­rently, there were no drugs to cater for the adults.

He said, “Though about 80 IDP fam­i­lies were en­rolled in the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance Scheme (NHIS), ac­cess to ser­vices un­der the scheme was very prob­lem­atic as they were not be­ing given im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion.’’

While com­mend­ing Pro Health and the T.Y. Dan­juma Foun­da­tion for their con­cern over the well­be­ing of the IDPs, Yo­han­nah ap­pealed to the gov­ern­ment and other well-mean­ing Nige­ri­ans to ex­tend their help­ing hands to the needy, es­pe­cially the ail­ing IDPs.

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