FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Cholera spreads through refugee camps in Nigeria

Cholera spreads in refugee camps in Nigeria | Courtesy of harvard.edu
Borno State health authorities and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have been working with logistics and emergency medical services to stop the spread of cholera throughout the internally displaced persons camps in Borno State, Nigeria.

To continue their fight against the cholera outbreak, health care workers have issued an appeal for the support of other aid and humanitarian organizations.

"In September 2014, MSF treated more than 4,000 patients after a cholera epidemic broke out in Borno State,” Chibuzo Okonta, MSF emergency projects manager in Paris, said. “The living and hygienic conditions in the camps were and remain ripe for the outbreak of this type of epidemic. We need more support. We have repeatedly called on other humanitarian and aid organizations to assist displaced persons in Borno State and are again issuing this appeal, which has gone unanswered.”

There are many factors that are adding to the cholera problem in the region, including the political and economic climate of the region.

"Once again, MSF and the International Committee of the Red Cross find themselves alone in the field,” Ghada Hatim, MSF head of mission in Nigeria, said. “No other international organization has been here during the recurring emergency situations in Borno State and, more specifically, in the Maiduguri area – the site of the vast majority of people displaced by the years-long conflict between the Nigerian army and Boko Haram.”

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