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FG urged to address healthcare challenges in IDPs camps

By Asma’u Ahmad

The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have urged the Federal Government and Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to address major healthcare challenges facing various IDPs’ camps in the territory.

The IDPs made the appeal in an interview with the newsmen on Monday in Abuja. They explained that the last time the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) delivered healthcare services to the camp was sometime in March 2018.

The IDPs also said that people have suffered from ailments like diarrhea, malaria and stomach aches, which were mostly found in the children.

“The major challenge is drugs. The NCFRMI brought drugs since March. We have not received any again and the major sickness is diarrhea, malaria and stomach pain, especially in the kids,’’ IDPs said.

Speaking on Education, Mr Bala Yusuf, Secretary, Area 1, Durumi, applauded Akassa Development Foundation (ADF), which runs free educational programme for the IDPs in Abuja.

Yusuf also noted that some primary school teachers have taken it upon themselves to render free services to the IDPs by volunteering to teach them in various subjects.

“We have a primary school and all the primary school teachers are volunteers. It is only Akassa Foundation, which I know are doing much for education and they are also the one taking care of the school in the camp right now. “They run free educational programme for the IDPs in Abuja and does not solicit for donations,’’ Yusuf noted.

An IDP, Mrs Rukaya Gambo, said that they don’t have security problems as the Durumi Police Division was very close to the camp.

Mrs Gambo said that the police always go round the camp on patrol, while the IDPs give them regular reports on the activities in the camp.

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