The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency, Muhammad Sani Sidi has assured that no Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) will be forced out of any camp, until their communities are safe and habitable.
Alhaji Sani Sidi who disclosed this recently at the Gubio Camp Maiduguri in an interview with Journalists said he was in Maiduguri, as part of his routine visit to the camps to assess the conditions of the IDPs and the camps.
He said 90 per cent of the IDPs in the North-east are in Borno, that was why he frequently visited the state to make sure that the IDPs are well taken care of, especially in the areas of health and feeding, adding that NEMA is collaborating with the state government and other donor agencies to ensure that the IDPs get adequate care.
The DG said “as you are all aware of the successes of the military, they are now in the last stage of defeating the insurgents and you know the IDPs are so anxious to go back to their communities, we will resettle them very soon, as we don’t want to keep them perpetually in the camps but no IDP will be forced out of the camps.”
The NEMA boss also Called for the deployment of more medical doctors and others health personnel to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps to improve their healthcare.
Alhaji Sidi who led a team of Health Policy specialists and medical personnel for an on the spot visit to the state to assess the health need of the IDPs camps in Maiduguri, said the assessment is to determined medical challenges and health related issues affecting IDPs, especially with emphasis on children and women who are the most vulnerable persons.
Sani Sidi said currently there were twelve (12) satellite camps set up in liberated communities without adequate health personnel adding that even though the agency had an MoU with University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and working relationship with other secondary health facilities for referral cases, these camps need to have medical personnel for immediate treatment of cases.
It was observed that in Bakassi camp which is accommodating 11,819 IDPs had recorded 27 new births as well as 3,393 outpatient consultations in the month of February with only one Medical doctor from UNICEF and some few health personnel attending to them.
He appealed to volunteer doctors who are willing to be deployed to camps in liberated communities to come forward and join those on ground, promising that adequate security and incentives would be provided.
While receiving the DG, the Medical doctor in charge of the camp, Dr. Umar Abdullahi said the common health challenges include, Hypertension, Diabetes mellitus, Eye problems, Malaria, Peptic Ulcer disease and Malnutrition.
Those satellite camps are in Dikwa, Mafa, Damboa, Baga, Bama, Gwoza, Askira Uba, Sabon Garin- Damboa, Beneishek, Ngamborou Ngala,Mongunu Baki and Kondiga.