Boko Haram: UNFPA offers free medical service to 3m IDPs in North East
By Yunusa Ringim
The United Nations Population Fund has provided free medical services to three million persons affected by Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
Mustapha Abbator, the Permanent Secretary, Borno State Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, confirmed this during a courtesy call led by the UNFPA Regional Director, Bithrice Mutali, on Governor Kashim Shettima on Friday in Maiduguri.
Abbator, who is also the UNFPA support partner, said the agency also provided safe delivery services, management of survivors of sexual violence, treatment of STIs, family planning and community sensitisation on reproductive health issues.
Abbator said: “Fifty five doctors, midwives and nurses were trained non-active Reversible Contraceptive Management, 174 health workers and programme managers have been trained on minimal humanitarian health and reproductive health in humanitarian settings.
“129 reproductive health kits comprising 1,413 cartons of assorted family planning commodities have been provided to priority health facilities in Borno State.
“Creating access to 32,800 clinical deliveries in various communities and sensitisation has been conducted non-key live saving sexual commodities, and United Nations has contributed on health sector coordination especially around sexual and reproductive health.
“Three thousand six hundred dignity kits, which include clothing, were provided to rural women especially young girls to restore their dignity; also 72 healthcare workers were trained on clinical management operation.
“Two hundred and sixteen selected community health and social workers also were trained on psychosocial support and deployed to librated areas to provide support to gender violence victims.