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Northeast Nigeria Response (Borno State): Health Sector Bulletin #4, 21 October 2016

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21 October 2016

3.7 MILLION
IN NEED OF HEALTH ASSISTANCE 2016
1.9* MILLION
INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS
2.6 MILLION
2016 TARGET BY HEALTH SECTOR
1,709,581
BORNO STATE POLIO VACCINATED CHILDREN

Highlights

  • 18 Health Sector Partners are partially supporting the State Ministry of Health (SMOH) through 172 of the health facilities in Borno State, representing 27% of the total health facilities.

  • Almost 4,000 suspected cases of measles have been reported from the four conflict affected states of Yobe,
    Adamawa, Gombe and Borno since the beginning of 2016. Nigeria is rated third highest burden of measles in Africa. The Federal government to commence a national immunization of children under against measles next month.

  • Of registered 86 camps (formal and informal) in Borno State, 60% are with no health partners’ support; poor waste disposal at most of the informal campsites is a critical issue posing serious threat for communicable diseases

  • FHI360 reported rising number of HIV cases among IDPs, the agency screened 220,849 persons for HIV out of which 13,802 were found positive while 9,567 are currently on ART (Antiretroviral therapy).

Situation Update:

  • Security challenges coupled with the difficult terrain in parts of Borno State continues to hampers the programs implementation. A joint UN road mission to Damboa (Borno State) aiming to assess available health services for the IDPs and host communities and to deliver essential medicines including malaria modules enough to treat 5,000 people for three months was abort. Polio vaccination activities were also delay in reaching Ngala and Bala/Balge due to escort limitations. These constraints also makes it hard to conduct quick investigations and response to alerts of suspected cases of communicable diseases in the affected communities.

  • The 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) for the North East Region was drafted and submitted to the Abuja’ humanitarian coordination team. The health sector identified 7,889,545 People in Need (PiN) including 1,883,733 IDPs (IOM DTM Dataset XI) as the most vulnerable groups for the affected NE States. In addition to IDPs, from the hosting communities, children under five years, females of reproductive age (15-49 years) and the elderly (over 60 years) under the Nigeria NE States applicable poverty indexes were included. (United Nations' Global Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index, MPI Report, published in June 2015). Although with an strict inclusive criteria in identifying the most vulnerable people as the PiN for the 2017 Health sector response plan, the figures are double as of last year baseline.