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FG declares nutritional emergency in Borno

To meet the welfare needs of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in camps in the Northeast, the Federal Government has declared a nutritional emergency in Borno State.

The move is to mobilize a rapid response team to coordinate efforts to ameliorate the worsening situation in the camps.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, said in a statement on Friday that the Presidency has sent a delegation to assess situation in IDPs camps in Bama, Borno State.

The camp is home to 25, 000 adults and children.

The delegation, which included senior officials of the Borno State Government, officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, the State Emergency Management Agency, and representatives from the United Nations, was taken round the camp by the Brigade Commander of the 21 Armoured Brigade, Bama, Col.l Adamu Garba Laka.

The commander highlighted the challenges faced by the camp, including shortages of medical personnel, shelter, water and sanitation facilities.

The delegation led by the Presidential Special Adviser on Social Investments, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, restated government’s firm commitment to bringing relief to the thousands of recently rescued Boko Haram captives currently hosted in the IDPs camp in Bama.

“We are here to see for ourselves and assess the situation on ground,” she said.


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