Aftermath malnutrition kills about 257 children in Nigeria
Humanitarian agencies have continued to exchange hands of fellowship with leftover of children and mothers in the Internally Displace Persons (IDP) camps in communities in Bama in Damboa area of Maiduguri, Borno State, in North-Eastern part of Nigeria, where about 257 children reportedly died of malnutrition recently.
The unfortunate incident, which occurred late last month, had attracted a number of local and international humanitarian efforts by individuals, organisations and agencies with Food Items and Supplements to reduce the incidence of nutrition problems in IDPs in the area that was recently taken over by Boko Haram insurgents.
For instance, wife of Nigerian President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has continued to fight the malnutrition among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps in the host communities of Maiduguri metropolis of Borno state, with the distribution of food items and supplements to 1,500 other displaced persons.
The affected IDPs, according to State’s Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), include mainly children and their mothers that barely survive on a meal a day. Humanitarian agency of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also acknowledged the gory details of malnutrition incident that led to the deaths of about 257children in Bama and Damboa camps.
Distributing the food items recently at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Government House, Maiduguri, the wife of State Governor, Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima, said that malnutrition has caused inhumane killings of many children in camps.
“The calamities of malnutrition among our children in camps can only be overcome with the distribution of food items and nutritional supplements. With the limited resources at our disposals, we are distributing these food supplements and cash to enable the IDPs reach their host communities in Maiduguri metropolis and other satellite camps,” she said.
Nana, who represented Aisha in the distribution, also said: “It is time for everyone in this country to get involved in the fight against malnutrition, in order to prevent any further deaths among children and their mothers. Everybody should get involved to prevent further occurrence of the death of our people, especially women and children, from malnutrition; and it has to be done right now, without any further delays,” she said.
She also said that with the active involvement of everyone, the battle to put a stop to the deaths through malnourishment among IDPs could be achieved, before they returned to liberated communities. “The collective efforts of all well-meaning Nigerians will ensure that no child in the 17 IDP camps, as well as the ones living in host communities, lacked three-square-meals a day,” said Nana.