UNICEF expresses concern over health of 1.4m IDPs living in cholera hotspots

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By Victoria Ojeme

The United Nations Children’s Funds, UNICEF, has expressed concern for the health and well-being of 1.4 million displaced people, including 350,000 children under the age of five, living in cholera ‘hotspots’ in North-East Nigeria.

The agency in a statement issued, yesterday, said heavy rains brought deadly diseases to children in North-East Nigeria already battling malnutrition.

According to the UN agency, the outbreak occurred as ongoing violence and military efforts against insurgents in the region have displaced more than 1.7 million people and left over 3.6 million without adequate access to basic water services.

It noted that an estimated 28 people had died from cholera, while 837 were suspected to have been infected with the disease, including at least 145 children under the age of five.

It said: “Cholera is difficult for young children to withstand at any time, but becomes a crisis for survival when their resilience is already weakened by malnutrition, malaria and other waterborne diseases.”

 

 

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