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Insurgency denied children of immunization in Northeast – Report

By Kwiza Mbumbeh, Maiduguri

The destruction of health facilities and personnel by Boko Haram in Northeast has denied children of being immunized against cholera and
other child-killer diseases, report has shown.

Forty six percent of health facilities in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, are either fully or partially destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents.

This was disclosed at the weekend in a World Health Organisation (WHO) 2018 report released in Maiduguri.

“Only 30% of health facilities in Borno state are fully functioning
according to the WHO health resources availability mapping system
(HeRAMS), with 45% in Adamawa and 69% in Yobe state,” said the report.

Consequently, the report said: “More than 3,000 doses of drug for seasonal malaria chemoprevention in Kukawa local government area of Borno were also destroyed.

According to it, the drugs and other items reserved for the fourth cycle of seasonal malaria chemoprevention campaign were also destroyed by insurgents.

“More than 3,000 children aged three-59 months in Kukawa did not receive malaria preventive therapy during the fourth malaria prevention campaign in the state,” said Chima Onuekwe, WHO’s Health Emergency Communication Officer in Northeast.

Onuekwe in the report said that as assessment conducted by health sector partners in May 2018, indicated that Bama has no ambulance or emergency services despite the influx of returnees.

The report further disclosed that, “In Borno state; the WHO HeRAMS assessment revealed that out of 755 health facilities, 292 (39%) are completely damaged; 205 (27%) are partially damaged.

“An estimated 177 health workers have also been killed in Borno and Yobe states, since the commencement of insurgency in 2009 in the state.”

It said that the health workers were providing essential antenatal care to communities in Rann, whose population has increased by 100%, after an influx of people fleeing violence.

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