Nigeria: Benue – Concerns As Measles, Malnutrition Take Toll On IDPs

Nigeria: Benue - Concerns As Measles, Malnutrition Take Toll On IDPs
Nigeria: Benue - Concerns As Measles, Malnutrition Take Toll On IDPs

With over 22,000 out of about 27,000 children in Daudu, Guma and Abagena Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Benue State malnourished, the deplorable living conditions in the camps call for urgent attention. Like several other IDPs across the country, those in Benue state are faced with severe humanitarian crisis as starvation and disease outbreaks take huge toll on them. Indeed, what could pass for a health challenge of high magnitude is lurking its ugly head at one of the numerous internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Benue state where there are heightened fears of possible outbreak of an epidemic. Benue state has had its fair share of crisis occasioned largely by the lingering security challenges. It is no longer news that scores of persons have been hacked to death by suspected killer herdsmen who have embarked on onslaught against the residents of communities across the state.Of course, these killings have led to displacement of persons most of whom desert their natural abode to seek for safety at what is known as IDPs camp which are located in different parts of the state. While inmates of these camps are naturally happy that they are alive to tell the story of what led to their displacement, some inherent imbalance in the camps where they currently tenant is raising serious source of concern especially with the likely threats to their lives. One of such camps is the Abengana IDPs camp located along Makurdi- Lafia road. The camp, according to available statistics, is hosting over 36,000 inmates, most of who appear to be battling to cope with the dearth of some essentials necessary for survival. Our correspondent who visited the camp recently reports that most of the IDPs are looking malnourished suggesting that something is fundamentally flawed as far as their feeding is concerned. More worrisome is the fear of possible out break of epidemic. As at the last count, about seven persons were feared dead following outbreak of measles at the Camp.

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