49,000 malnourished children risk death in Borno — UNICEF
An estimated 49,000 of the 244,000 children suffering from severe malnutrition in Borno State face high risk of death if not quickly reached by relevant agencies, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said yesterday.
UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Manuel Fontaine, said in a statement that 134 children on the average would die every day from causes linked to acute malnutrition if there is no quick response.
“We need all partners and donors to step forward to prevent more children from dying. No one can take on a crisis of this scale alone,” he said.
Fontaine said there were two million people they still could not reach in Borno State, meaning that the true scope of the crisis was yet to be revealed.
While visiting newly accessible sites, previously under Boko Haram control, Fontaine witnessed destroyed towns accommodating displaced people with little access to adequate sanitation, water or food and thousands of frail children in desperate need of help.
He added that UNICEF was working with partners to screen and treat children and improve access to water and sanitation.