NGO decries prevalence of Typhoid, Malaria in IDPs camp

Halima Usman
Halima Usman

Mrs. Halima Usman, Founder of Halima Factor Community Initiative, an NGO, has said that Typhoid, Malaria and other illnesses are killing Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, more than the Boko Haram attacks.

Mrs Usman said this on Friday during a medical outreach organised by the NGO, in collaboration with Society for Family Health (SFH) at Wasa IDPs camp located in the suburb of Abuja.

She said that of the over 300 IDPs that benefitted from the outreach, more than 200 people were treated for either Malaria, Typhoid or other related sicknesses.

“There are over 5,000 IDPs living in this camp and you can imagine what this place will look like if there is no much medical attention to them.

“I learned that in 2017, a lot of children died of preventable diseases like Typhoid and Malaria.

“So, we are doing this outreach not only to help them, but also to bring people’s attention to this camp so that other people can also tow this path in helping them regain some sanity as human beings.

“For the past two years, we have been organising this type of medical outreach in camps within the FCT — Gongola, Durumi, Kuchingoro, Wasa and many other IDPs camps.

“What we normally do is to look at the specific needs of each camp and bring in these needs to them.

“When I visited this camp, one month ago, I discovered that what they needed was medical outreach.”

She, therefore, urged other NGOs, corporate organisations and individuals to tow the path of giving back to the society by giving to the IDPs a sense of belonging.

Halima Usman
Halima Usman

“I want to use this opportunity to call on other non-governmental organisations and other public spirited individuals to come together and help these IDPs.

“These people need attention and help because they are human beings like us,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the IDPs, Mr Geoffrey Bitrus, the Chairman of the Wasa camp, who commended the NGO for coming to their aid, appealed to the government and other NGOs to do more.

“We are grateful to Halima factor because she just came sometime last month and asked us what we needed and we told her that we don’t have drugs in our hospital.

“she promised to and try her best to help us and here we are today. We are indeed very grateful.

“We need more classrooms because we only have one school and the number of our school-going children has increased to more than 2,500.

“Lack of potable drinking water is another challenge facing us in this camp. We have five boreholes in the camp but currently, only two are working because we don’t have generator to pump the water,” Bitrus said,

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Wasa IDPs camp is not one of the government-recognised camps in the FCT.

However, it is hosting about 5,000 inhabitants who fled the insurgency in the North-East.

NAN observed that infants and young people constitute the majority of the occupants of the camp.

They have been surviving on philanthropic gestures of organisations, spirited individuals and medical and food hand-outs by some government agencies.