About 3.11 million people cannot access health facilities in N/East – Report

About 3.11 million people cannot access health facilities in the Northeast, after eight years of Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed many lives and property in the region.

World Health Organisation (WHO) in its report released in Maiduguri, epicentre of the conflict said that 3,113, 004 out of 6.9 million people in the conflict region comprising Adamawa, Borno and Yobe state; do not have access to medical facilities.

“About 755 health facilities have been destroyed in the northeast region since the beginning of insurgency in 2009,” WHO said on Monday in its Annual Report , a 2017 review of the health situation in the region worst hit by the crisis,” said the report.

The conflict in the volatile northeast has also dragged on, fueling humanitarian challenges; including Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and outbreak of diseases at camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

According to WHO’s Northeast emergency manager, Dr. Collins Owili, “Although, some areas have become accessible, the only way WHO staff gets to Monguno, Damasak, Gwoza, Banki, Ngala (once seized by Boko Haram) and many other locations in the northeast where people are still trapped and living in unthinkable condition is by UN Humanitarian Air Service helicopter or with military escort,”

The global health organisation also said that only 10 per cent of the functioning health facilities in the area have access to safe water.

“About 60 per cent of health facilities have no access to safe water; while almost 30% have no access to water,” said the report.

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