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We’ll support immunization of children displaced by Boko Haram in Borno – FG

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The Federal Government on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to support immunization of children displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in Borno.

Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Presidential Senior Technical Adviser on Disaster Risk Management, said this at the closing of a two-day workshop for disaster management personnel in Maiduguri.

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Oke-Osanyintolu, said the immunization and deworming exercise would be conducted at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and liberated communities in the state.

The exercise was designed to protect children against diseases and enhance healthcare delivery at the grass root.

“The measure is imperative to control morbidity and maternal mortality in the affected communities,” he said.

He added that the Federal Government had also trained personnel of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on disaster risk management, to enhance emergency response services in the state.

“The exercise was designed to impart relevant knowledge and skills on aid personnel, to effectively manage emergency response services.

“It is also designed to exposed aid workers on best first aid practices through the application of modern equipment,” he said.

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According to him, the Federal Government has initiated a comprehensive intervention programme to build the capacity of emergency workers, to holistically enhance disaster response and management in the North-East region.

The technical adviser reiterated the government to provide technical training to enhance disaster management and respond services in the region.

Also, Alhaji Satomi Ahmad, the SEMA’s Chairman, disclosed that the state government had distributed 40 ambulances to boost emergency response services.

Ahmad said that the agency had concluded arrangements to commence the exercise at IDP camps and liberated communities.

“Already we have nine mobile clinics providing emergency response services and routine immunization in IDP camps and liberated communities”.

 

NAN

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