By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri
No fewer than 30 pregnant women among the Internally Displaced Persons, IDP’s, from Bama Local Government Area of Borno State have so far given birth within the last four months, with another set of 20 almost due to deliver.
The IDPs are currently taking refuge in one of the camps in Maiduguri, the state capital.
According to the Chairman Committee on the IDP’s at the Government Girls Secondary School Maiduguri camp, Alhaji Babagana Mahmoud, who spoke in an interview with newsmen yesterday, those who gave birth were among the women who escaped from Bama when Boko Haram terrorists attacked the area.
Mahmood said that about 4,200 women and children who escaped from the terrorists were in the camp.
He explained that the state government had set up a committee on maternal care delivery in the various camps to assist women in resolving complicated cases.
He said that the government had also procured health kits for all the IDP centres as well as ambulance vehicles ensure prompt transfer of expectant mothers in camps to the nearest health center.
“We have health workers who always see to the health needs of our IDP’s. That is why we hardly record any case of complications among pregnant women.
“The ambulance is always there to rush them to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital to enable them get proper health care.
“We have also successfully separated the sick IDP’s from the ones that are not sick in the camp to avoid outbreak of diseases like cholera and diarrhea,’’ among others, he added.