Center for se­verely mal­nour­ished chil­dren opened in Maiduguri

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Uth­man Abubakar, Maiduguri

The in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion, Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders, has opened a new in-pa­tient treat­ment center for se­verely mal­nour­ished un­der-five chil­dren in Gwange, Maiduguri.

The new build­ing re­places the tents that pre­vi­ously housed the in-pa­tient ther­a­peu­tic feed­ing center, first opened in June 2016, which was de­stroyed by a storm in May.

More than 400 se­verely mal­nour­ished chil­dren per month are treated free of charge in the 72-bed fa­cil­ity that con­tains an emer­gency room, in­ten­sive care unit and units for acute and tran­si­tion phases of mal­nu­tri­tion. More than 750 chil­dren with less se­vere forms of mal­nu­tri­tion re­ceive bi­weekly care and sup­ply of ther­a­peu­tic food at an am­bu­la­tory ther­a­peu­tic feed­ing center.

The project co­or­di­na­tor, Amande Baze­rolle, said, “We are re­ceiv­ing a lot of pa­tients who are in a re­ally bad con­di­tion, not only from Maiduguri but also from dis­placed fam­i­lies liv­ing in camps or with the host pop­u­la­tion. There was not a lot of care avail­able for mal­nu­tri­tion in Maiduguri be­fore our ar­rival more than two years ago. There have since been im­prove­ments con­cern­ing the nu­tri­tion sit­u­a­tion and avail­abil­ity of care, but the needs are still huge.”

Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders runs a to­tal of five nu­tri­tion projects in Maiduguri. Each week, the or­ga­ni­za­tion ad­mits around 140 chil­dren to its in-pa­tient treat­ment cen­ters, and around 4,500 chil­dren are re­ceiv­ing care in its out­pa­tient feed­ing pro­grams across the city.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has been pro­vid­ing med­i­cal care in re­sponse to the con­flict-re­lated emer­gency in Borno State since the mid­dle of 2014. It has per­ma­nent teams based in Maiduguri, Monguno, Pulka, Dikwa, Gwoza, Ngala and Rann.

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