Northeast Nigeria Response Borno State Health Sector Bulletin #26, 16 - 31 May 2017
Some 200,000 Nigerian refugees hosted in neighbouring countries – Cameroon, Chad and Niger –are starting to return to Nigeria, especially from Cameroon, which received 62% of those refugees. Since 12th May around 11,000 returnees have arrived in Banki-Bama LGA from Cameroon.
Secondary health care and referral services is a big challenge faced by population in the remote areas due to lack of ambulance services and specialized health care providers.
Most of the secondary health care facilities are damaged/destroyed and non-functional. Mental health and psychosocial support need more efforts to help the population affected by the insurgency.
As part of the nutrition response, 102,598 children aged 6-59 months have been screened for malnutrition using MUAC measurement from 1st January till 15th May. 900 children presenting medical complications have been admitted to Stabilization Centres between 1st January and 20th April.
Active surveillance is ongoing for detection and reporting of cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) while investigations have been conducted by the hard-to-Reach team in Rann and showed a large proportion of AWD reported among children below 5 years.
Oncoming rainy season and movement restrictions pose difficulties for transport and access to high priority LGAs.
The influx of returnees to Nigeria from the Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon has rapidly increased since the beginning of May. The point of arrival is most often Banki, where over 11,000 people have arrived since 12 May 2017. Movements are also being reported into Mubi and into Gambaru Ngala. In total, Minawao camp is currently estimated to host between 55,000-60,000 people, so further movements are anticipated. On 22 May, 2,248 people arrived in Banki on 11 trucks from Cameroon’s Minawao refugee camp. Given reports received from the refugee camps in Cameroon, humanitarian organizations are expecting more refugeereturnees to arrive in Banki in the next few days. Currently, more than 42,000 displaced persons are settled in Banki in overcrowded and congested IDP camp.
The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) has been activated which is a Country-Based Pooled Fund (CBPF) managed by OCHA in support of life-saving humanitarian and recovery operations. The NHF is a timely and effective tool to support humanitarian actions in Nigeria. It allows public and private donors to pool their contributions to enable the delivery of humanitarian life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable people.
Funds are directly available to a wide range of relief partners. This includes national and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), UN Agencies and Red Cross/Red Crescent Organizations.
Revitalization and strengthening of the health system is vital. Re-establishing functional, staffed and equipped health facilities to deliver health services to vulnerable populations is the Health Sector priority during 2017-18 response. Secondary health care and referral services is a big challenge population facing in the remote areas due to lack of ambulance services and specialized health care providers. Most of the secondary health care facilities are damaged/destroyed and non-functional. Mental health and psychosocial support need more efforts to help the population affected by the insurgency.