HealthNewsNigeriaUNICEF Hands Over Newly Constructed Clinic To Borno State Government

The United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) handed over newly constructed clinic for children and families affected by armed conflict.

Handing over the facility in Maiduguri, Phuong Nguyen, the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) Chief of Borno Field Office, said the newly-constructed clinic at the transit camp will improve access to quality health care delivery for children and families affected by armed conflict.

“UNICEF is supplementing the efforts of the Borno State Government in the health sector towards addressing the gaps to ensure that the most disadvantaged children and women have a chance of survival, enjoy good health, and have a chance to reach their full potential.

“UNICEF is heartened that some of the most vulnerable groups in Borno State can now access quality and high-impact healthcare services at the transit camp. The facility will strengthen the capacity of health workers to respond to the health needs of women and children affected by conflict,” she said.

The UNICEF chief said the facility and essential medical supplies worth more than $179,000 were supported by the German Development Bank.

Nguyen explained that in 2023, 131 safe deliveries were conducted, and an estimated 55,630 children were reached with integrated management of childhood illnesses, such as malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia, and 1,800 antenatal care services provided by skilled health workers in the camp.

She pledged to continue to work with governments across the northeast to ensure the survival and well-being of women and children, as well as support the government’s 25-year development plan aimed at achieving a healthy citizenry.

Receiving the facility on behalf of the Borno State Government, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, thanked UNICEF for the support, noting that it will go a long way in improving the healthcare delivery system in the state.

She acknowledged that the intervention of the Fund and other development partners has fast-tracked the recovery effort of the state government.

The facility, called the Hajj Transit Camp, is one of the holding facilities for repentant insurgents and their families, which at some point, held more than 22,000 individuals, recording outbreaks of measles and cholera, with women and children being the most affected.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)
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