Abuja IDPs battle infections, lack Medical doctors

Internally Displaced Persons at the New Kuchingoro Government Camp in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, are currently battling some infections due to poor living conditions which may lead to an epidemic.

Punch, who visited the camp last week Wednesday, was told that the ailments common among the Kuchingoro IDPs were malaria, toilet infections, bacteria and sexually transmitted infections.

The IDPs noted that a clinic that was constructed for them since 2015 had no resident doctors except “a retired nurse, who visits the clinic three times a week.”

One of the executives in the camp, Mr Doka Danjuma, said, “We have 1,724 displaced persons living in this place. We have a camp clinic, but there has been no doctor there. The clinic was donated by the German Embassy in 2015. We have only one retired nurse, who comes three times a week. It is difficult for our people to access medical care despite their conditions.

Punch was told that the Nigerian Optometric Association was considering sending a doctor to the camp that would attend to the eye infections of the displaced persons.

It was gathered that a corps member and member of the association, Dr Adaku Obia, had embarked on a ‘Safe Sight’ project to give free eye tests and drugs to the IDPs in order to combat glaucoma, conjunctivitis, refractive errors and bacterial infections.

The project, which was carried out in three phases, was supported by a private eye hospital, the Supreme Vision.

Despite the intervention, the IDPs noted that they still desired to have resident doctors in their clinic to attend to their health needs.

The NOA President, Dr Ozy Okonokhua, said the government, through the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Capital Territory Health sector, must attend to the health challenges in the IDPs camp, because “any epidemic could easily spread among the people.” Punch
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