Nigerian refugee kids succumb to disease outbreaks

nigerian return refugeesfrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – AT least 33 children have died in northeastern Nigeria, where the Boko Haram has displaced thousands of civilians in recent weeks.

They have died mostly as a result of malaria and diarrhoeal diseases.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) confirmed the deaths in Bama, Borno State where civilians have fled conflict between the Nigerian Army and the Islamist terror group.

The death of the minors is only for the month of August.

“This figure is alarmingly high when put in relation with the total number of children under five-years-old,” said Katja Lorenz, MSF’s representative in the capital Abuja.

Malaria and diarrhoea are prevalent in the Bama Science Secondary School camp where the total number of children under five-years-old is around 6 000.

More than 10 000 people have arrived in the in the town since April.

Lorenz disclosed many children were severely malnourished and suffer from medical complications.

“The lack of an inpatient nutrition and paediatric health facility in Bama is having catastrophic consequences for children,” she said.

Lack of adequate assistance, including access to shelter and healthcare, is having severe consequences for young children arriving in the town.

“A lot of children are already in a critical state upon arrival. Poor assistance and access to healthcare further deteriorates their condition,” Lorenz said.
– CAJ News

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