Photo: Dr Betta Edu, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs.
10 babies die of malnutrition in FCT IDP camp
No fewer than ten babies have died of malnutrition related illnesses in the Waru Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) Camp of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Mrs Fatima Mohammed, the Women Leader of the Camp disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
According to Mohammed, the death toll is a cumulative one, recorded since the formation of the Camp 10 ten years ago in 2013.
She said that the issue of malnutrition among infants and young children remains a source of concern to many families in the camp.
Mohammed said: ”As I am talking to you now, one of the nursing mothers died recently in this camp.
“One of our major problems in this camp is lack of good medical facilities, portable drinking water and toilet facilities.
”Due to the deteriorating condition of our toilets, many of our women contracted toilets infections, some are even chronic infections to the extent that they could not bear children,” she said.
While calling for assistance from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, the women leader said that their situation required urgent attention.
Mohammed said that one of the basic needs in IDP camp was healthcare facility, noting that their living in the camp was temporary because some of them had businesses at home before insurgency displaced them from their varous communities.
”Before, we used to receive medical and material support from organisations like the former Director-General of Refugees Commission Imaan Suleiman, she supported us a lot and we are grateful. But, since she left, we have not received donation from any organisation so far.
”We are many in this camp, we are close to three thousand eight hundred and seventy persons. Even the empowerment scheme that the former minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq brought to us, only seventeen people among us benefited.
”The empowerment programme was mainly on skills acquisition because some of us were trained in tailoring and we were given sewing machines,” she said.