About 100 children in the Internally Displaced, IDP camps are feared to have contracted diarrhoea according to the News Agency of Nigeria. The deve
About 100 children in the Internally Displaced, IDP camps are feared to have contracted diarrhoea according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The development was confirmed to NANS by four different Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) during a free medical outreach in Jos on Monday.
The IDP was set up following recent attacks on some communities in Barkin Ladi and some parts of Bokkos and Riyom Local Government areas of Plateau state. These attacks led to residents of the affected communities fleeing their homes.
More than 10,000 people are reportedly being sheltered at different IDPs across the state.
Mrs Mildred Bako, spokesperson for the NGOs said in an interview she granted NAN that the illness being suffered by some of the camp residents can be attributed to “deplorable health condition of the environment”.
Speaking further, she said most of the affected patients were between the ages of to five years.
She noted that absence of some basic amenities exposed the people to different types of diseases.
“There is practically absence of basic amenities at the various camps, and so making the displaced persons fall prey to all kinds of diseases. “When we got information that children at various camps are vomiting and passing watery stool, we swung into action to arrest the situation.
“We assembled a team of medical professionals, who diagnosed most of the children and discovered it is diarrhoea. “We have in our little way developed a mechanism to treat the children and even adults diagnosed with symptoms of malaria and other diseases,” she said.