UN treats 2 mil­lion, re­ha­bil­i­tates 60 health fa­cil­i­ties in North­east

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Uth­man Abubakar, Maiduguri

The United Na­tions (UN) has treated about two mil­lion peo­ple for var­i­ous ail­ments and re­ha­bil­i­tated over 60 health fa­cil­i­ties de­stroyed by in­sur­gents in the Boko Haramtrou­bled North­east re­gion this year.

The UN Deputy Hu­man­i­tar­ian Co­or­di­na­tor for Nige­ria, Pe­ter Lund­berg, an­nounced this in a joint press con­fer­ence he ad­dressed with Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima in Maiduguri week­end.

“The fact re­mains that the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in Nige­ria’s North­east and the Lake Chad re­gion - now in its eighth year - is one of the most se­vere in the world to­day, with 8.5 mil­lion peo­ple in need of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance in 2017 in the worst af­fected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, and 6.9 mil­lion tar­geted for hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance in these three states. Sav­ing lives re­mains of course our num­ber one pri­or­ity but we have the moral im­per­a­tive to help the thou­sands who are re­turn­ing home to stand on their own feet and get their lives go­ing again,” the Deputy Hu­man­i­tar­ian Co­or­di­na­tor said.

He listed mal­nu­tri­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, safe drink­ing wa­ter and ac­cess to la­trines as the ma­jor pri­or­i­ties for the UN hu­man­i­tar­ian op­er­a­tions. “And in sup­port of the gov­ern­ment we are all work­ing to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion of the dis­placed and also for those re­turn­ing to their homes,” he added.

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