Borno State government is seeking both local and international support to enable it cater adequately for persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the state. This is because each of the 21 internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp records about six child births daily. This makes a total of 126 babies daily from the 21 camps.
Alhaji Grema Terab, the executive chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) disclosed this in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Thursday.
“We record an average of between five and six births in each of the 21 camps daily,” said Terab. “The IDPs are residences of 22 out of the 27 local government areas of the state.
“The state government is solely responsible for their daily feeding and provision of other needs,” he said.
Terab noted that the birth rate in the camps was high, adding that “sometimes, we record a large number of twins.
“This is most common in the Federal Training Centre camp, where IDPs from Bama Local Council are taking refuge.”
According to him, the state government was planning to set up a medically equipped labour room in each of the camps, to reduce the hardship faced by women during childbirth.
“So the state government needs the support of all to adequately cater for the internally displaced persons,” Terab said.