The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Sani Sidi, has called for an increase in medical personnel at internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the northeast.

Director General of NEMA, Sani Sidi

Mr. Sidi made the announcement after leading a team of health policy specialists and clinicians in health needs assessments and strategy appraisals at IDP camps throughout Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Director General observed that Bakasi camp, which accommodates 11,819 IDPs, had recorded 27 new births as well as 3,393 outpatient consultations in the month of February, but currently has only one medical doctor and a few health professionals the ground.

He appealed to volunteer doctors who are willing to be deployed to camps in liberated communities to come forward and join the doctors on the ground, promising that adequate security and incentives would be provided.

The Director General noted that medical supplies and medications are also needed at the camps.

Common health problems identified in some of the IDP camps include hypertension, diabetes mellitus, eye problems, malaria, peptic ulcer disease, and malnutrition.  

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