The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced it had 3000 children separated from their families at the internally Displaced persons Camp in Bama, Borno State, Nigeria.
UNICEF in a statement in Abuja, revealed that it had started the registration of children with the aim of trying to trace their families, local media report.
Chief of Communication, Doune porter said they have provided health and nutrition support for approximately 19,000 people stating that since may, UNICEF and the Bornu state Primary health care Development Agency have had a permanent primary health care presence in Bama.
Primarily, in the IDP camp in the town that houses 25,000 people who have been displaced by the conflict.
“Primarily, in the IDP camp in the town that houses 25,000 people who have been displaced by the conflict, of these, 15,000 are children. The town of Bama has been accessible to humanitarian assistance since March 2016 and we are working with partners on ground as response to the humanitarian situation in Bama, Borno State” she added.
She noted that the UN body sees an average of 140 outpatients a day, providing treatment primarily for malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhea, screening for malnutrition and treating severely malnourished children.
According to her, most recent data available from the team shows that during the period of April 3-may 31 2016, 323 children were admitted for severe Acute malnutrition (SAM). an average of six new cases per day.
“We have also identified 3000 children who have become separated from their families and have started to register children with the aim of trying to trace their families” she said.
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UNICEF said they have repaired and upgraded five boreholes in Bama, providing 10-12 litres of water per day per person in the IDP camp.