Posted by newsexpress | 13 August 2015 | 2,589 times
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday distributed free delivery kits to 410 pregnant women in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno.
NEMA Director-General, Alhaji Sani Sidi presented the items to the women at a ceremony in Maiduguri.
According to him, the kits are part of NEMA’s effort to prevent child mortality among displaced persons in the country.
Sidi said that the objective was to put the mind of the women at rest and reassure them of safe delivery.
“Boko Haram insurgency has become the most challenging humanitarian crisis in the history of Nigeria.
“The insurgency had resulted in mass destruction of lives, public and private structures with the resultant negative consequences.”
Sidi expressed sadness that the state had remained the highest victim of insurgency in the country.
He said that the state had 23 IDPs camps providing shelter to thousands of displaced persons comprising of women and children, who are most vulnerable.
“We are here to support the vulnerable as part of our duty to provide care for the less privilege.”
He said about 1980 displaced persons at the IDPs camps were pregnant women.
Sidi said that 410 out of the 1980 pregnant women at the IDPs camps were selected as the beneficiaries of the gesture.
“We decided to select 410 pregnant women from 13 out of the 23 IDPs camps for the pilot stage of the programme.
“Most of the IDPs were those with advanced stage of pregnancy and in need of urgent attention.”
Sidi commended Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno for his numerous achievements in spite of the prevailing security challenge.
In his remarks, Shettima thanked NEMA for the gesture, saying that the effort demonstrated its commitments to assist the displaced persons. (NAN)
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