Many Die From Diseases, Malnutrition In Borno IDPs

The Borno State Government has confirmed that 450 people
died from ailments and malnutrition across the Internally Displaced Persons
(IDPs) Camps in the state.
The State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia who
made the disclosure at Press briefing to correct a media report that previously
claimed that 450 children died as a result of malnutrition in 2015.
DR. Mshelia said that: “Contrary to media report, statistics
shows that, a total of 54,000 children under the ages of 5 and below were
recorded in all the resettlement camps, in which, 98 children (1.5%) had severe
cases of malnutrition and died last year. The figure of the dead toll was
misquoted as 450 instead of 98.”

The Health Commissioner however disclosed that the 450
deaths were recorded across the IDPs camps including adult and children as a
result of commonest ailments and other causes, such as, malaria, Diarrhea,
Pneumonia, Measles and of course malnutrition.
Dr. Mshelia pointed out that all children under five years
living at IDP camps were screened every 2-3 months for evidence of
malnutrition, meaning a child can be screened up to 4 times in a year.
He disclosed that in 2015, over 200,000 children were
screened, out of which, 6,444 were found to be severely malnourished and
therefore treated through Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and
Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) programmes of the State Primary Health
Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), and as well supported by Nutrition Programme
Support Partners like UNICEF, Save the Children (SC), Action Against Hunger
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