COVID-19 Threatens 1.5m Borno IDPs, Humanitarian Assistance -MSF

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By Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri

The Head of Mission of Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF, otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders, Siham Hajaj, has stated that Coronavirus pandemic threatens 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons and humanitarian assistance in Borno State.

He said in the face of the pandemic, malaria, malnutrition and water-borne diseases would also not relent.
Hajaj said this in a statement in Maiduguri that COVID-19 is not the only threat facing people in the State but its presence in Nigeria highlights extreme vulnerability.

He also said many IDPs in camps and host communities have already endured the horrors of war, disease and malnutrition.

Hajaj warned that it is imperative that humanitarian assistance be maintained for IDPs in camps and host communities, as there have been outbreaks of severe malnutrition, malaria, measles and cholera among displaced persons since the armed conflict started.

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