NEMA distributes delivery, maternal kits to Borno IDPs
THE National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed free delivery and maternal kits to 410 pregnant women in Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State as part of its effort to prevent any child and maternal mortality among displaced persons in the North-East sub-region of the country.
Presenting the kits yesterday at the Government House, Maiduguri, the Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Sani Sidi, who said the exercise was to cushion the sufferings of pregnant women in various camps of Maiduguri metropolis, the state capital, stated that Boko Haram insurgency had remained the most challenging issue to Federal Government, which has resulted in displacement of over two million people and loss of many lives and property in the region.
He, however, noted that Borno State is the worst-hit by insurgency and has the highest number of IDPs in the affected sub-region of the country.
“In the 26 IDP camps we have in Maiduguri, more than 60 per cent of the IDPs are women and children who are the vulnerable group,” said Sidi.
The director-general also commended Governor Kashim Shettima for his achievement on developmental projects in the state, describing him as a visionary and exemplary leader.
His words: “Boko Haram insurgency has become the most challenging humanitarian crisis in the history of Nigeria. The insurgency had resulted in mass destruction of lives, public and private structures with the resultant negative consequences.
“The state has 23 IDP camps, with a large chunk of the displaced persons comprising women and children who are most vulnerable. We are here to support the vulnerable as part of our duty to provide care for the less-privileged in the society.”
He said out of the 1,980 pregnant women in the IDP camps, 410 were selected as beneficiaries of the gesture.
“We decided to select 410 pregnant women from 13 out of the 23 IDP camps for the pilot stage of the programme.
“Most of the IDPs were those with advanced stage of pregnancy needing urgent attention,” he said.