Buhari angry over malnourished IDPs

Buhari angry over malnourished IDPs


President Muhammadu Buhari has met with officials of the Borno State Government following reports of malnourished children and dying Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in government camps in the state.
Some photos were recently released by Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF (Doctors Without Borders), which showed malnourished persons in the IDP camps, and there came a report that 8 children were dying daily due to malnutrition.
The president sought explanations following the recent statement and photographs released by Doctors Without Borders- (Médecins Sans Frontières), MSF, showing malnourished persons in the camps. Malnourished children at Bama IDP camp, Borno.

Following the reports, officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA met with the President at the Aso Villa on Monday, where he expressed his anger over the situation despite the billions of naira and materials provided by the government, non-governmental organisations and private individuals to assist the displaced persons.

On his part, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has asked the Director-General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr Abdusalami Nasidi to send an emergency team to Borno State.

He gave the directive during the inaugural meeting of the governing board of the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Disease Control in Abuja on Monday.

Adewole said “NCDC needs to as a matter of urgency, dispatch a rapid emergency team to Borno state. There is a nutritional emergency in Borno State where it is been reported that eight children stand the risk of dying every day if nothing is done to arrest the situation. The President, Gen Muhammad Buhari has given a directive and so this is my first assignment to you. There is need to dispatch an emergency team to Borno State.”
Last week, the MSF had released a statement, saying about 24,000 IDPs were in dire health situation with at least 30 people, mostly children dying every day.

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