The World Health Organization, WHO and partners have confirmed that the previously unreached 800 000 Boko Haram victims currently have access to humanitarian aids.
Putting Nigeria side by side with the outcome of warring nations like Syria, the state of the damage of the insurgent group is rated as extremely high.
According to WHO, the northeast region of Nigeria is said to be on a grade 3 emergency level. This level is the highest level there is in terms of humanitarian crisis.
Before the WHO announcement that about 800,000 Boko Haram victims are now accessible to humanitarian groups, this large number of people were initially neglected because of a range of limitations.
The international health organization notes that the isolation of as much as 800,000 persons who require basic health care and attention is indeed a concern. This is because many of these persons, children especially suffer from acute malnutrition.
As a result of poor sanitation, the northeast region is prone to infections and diseases.
Nigeria sadly notes that after 2 years of celebrating a polio-free nation, 2 fresh cases have been detected in Borno State children. Health report also confirms that the area is now infested with measles infection.
Rick Brennan, WHO Director of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, said:
“In addition to malnutrition, populations have been forced from their homes. They are physically exhausted. Many of them are being housed in overcrowded, unsanitary situations increasing the risk of outbreaks.
“The vaccination coverage rate among the children is very, very, very low indeed…and the risks of seeing increased rates of diseases, such as malaria, diarrheal diseases, as well as the vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and so on are very, very substantial.”
Despite the extent of health damage in the region, Brennan says the WHO in collaboration with the government will keep sending emergency drugs and supplies to the region.
He also went on to solicit for sponsorship and donations; saying that lack of funds will drastically affect the mission to save the lives of these 800,000 Boko Haram Victims. The WHO director says that only 15 percent of its $25 million appeal has been received.