NEMA Boosts IDPs Medical Treatment With N30 million

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BEVERLY HILLS, July 09, (THEWILL) – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Thursday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, said it has paid a whopping N30 million to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) to boost prompt medical attention for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and victims of Boko Haram attacks in the state.

This came on a day the humanitarian agency of the Federal Government said a similar plan is underway to extend such gesture to other major hospitals treating the victims of insurgency in the state capital.

The Northeast Zonal Coordinator of NEMA (NEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, who disclosed these at a media briefing in Maiduguri, said the agency “is supporting the Borno State Government to pay the medical bills of referral medical cases of vulnerable IDPs from camps and victims of bomb blasts.”

According to Kanar, “NEMA has given N30 million to the Teaching Hospital as support to enable timely response to the needs of health cases referred to them,” adding “Similar support will be provided to other major hospitals in due course.”

He said NEMA and the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have been coordinating all the activities in collaboration with other humanitarian organisations and lined ministries, IDPs’ committees and LGA officials.

Explaining that the activities undertaken in the camps include supervision of daily food cooking, supervision of shelter and identification of gaps, psychological support to affected population, among others, Kanar, who was flanked at the briefing by other stakeholders, including officials of UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, MSF and ACF, said the stakeholders are faced with many challenges.

He however said that the challenges would be surmounted through unity of purpose.

According to Kanar,”We need the understanding of all and not condemnation for it is a huge challenge to be saddled with the responsibility of taking care of 1.5 million IDPs.”