FCT Headline News Special Report

IDPs seek urgent medical assistance

Internally Displaced People (IDPs) at the Durumi Camp in Area 1 Abuja have called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to establish a hospital to address their health concerns.

At the IDP Camp Durumi, Area 1, Abuja, Chairman of the IDP Camp Mr Ibrahim Amadu said the mortality rate was increasing due to the deplorable state of their living conditions and inability to receive quality medical attention.

Mr Amadu explained that the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and IDPs usually provide free medical services to the IPDs at the camp at the National Hospital Abuja and the Asokoro General Hospital since 2014, discontinued in 2018 and the hospitals now request payment to attend to their sick patients.

”We need help to establish hospital; we lack the resources to take care of ourselves, we have clinic but it lacks the necessary equipment and drugs. We are losing our children, parents, mothers and friends.’’ Amadu said.

Poor condition of IDPs in FCT

A Nurse at the Durumi clinic, Hadiza Ali said the poor living condition of the IDPs at the camp had exposed them to lots of diseases and attacks.

‘’My First Daughter accompanied the Chairman’s daughter to take injection at Durumi, while on their way she had serious motorcycle accident. We couldn’t afford her medical bills, it was good spirited Nigerians that contributed over N300,000 before she was discharged from the hospital. Our condition is terrible’’

’’We are in raining season now; there are high cases of malarias, high fever, cough, Pneumonia, hepatitis and lots more. A woman brought her child, she couldn’t afford drugs now the situation is getting worse because no money to buy drugs. Hadiza Ali said.

“We were living fine in Borno before the attack in our community in Bama, Borno state, now our condition is getting worse’’.

One of the women leader, Bintu Ali said they depend on the charitable donations from NGOs and other individuals for survival.

Bintu Ali explained that she had been sick for the past few days but lack the resources to seek for medical treatment.

She called on government and appropriate authorities to have mercy on them and come to their rescue.

‘’We are suffering here; we are praying that peace returns to our communities so that we can return back to our original homes. The suffering here is unbearable’’.

Government plan for IDPs

Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, the Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons, gave assurance that the government was make efforts to alleviate their suffering and find long-term solutions to the problems.

According to him, preparations is ongoing to return them to their ancestral homes.

Hajiya Sulaiman-Ibrahim maintained that plans have been finalized for the construction of five resettlement cities across the country, for IDPs.

The pilot states for the resettlement centres are Borno, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Nasarawa, and Edo states.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo; editing by Adeniyi Bakare