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Drugs shortage hit Benue IDPs camps

Shortages of vital medication have struck the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Benue State, leaving those in the camps without essential drugs.

This was part of the findings of the Integrated Supportive Supervision, ISS, of the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the World Health Organization, UNICEF/WHO Humanitarian Health Response (IDP) Outreach implemented by the Benue State Primary Healthcare Board, carried out Monday at the Ortese and Ichwa IDPs camps in Guma and Makurdi Local Government Areas, LGAs, respectively.

Speaking at the end of the Supervision, the Commissioner for Humanitarian and Disaster Management, Aondowase Kunde commended the medical and supporting staff on ground to attend to the IDPs but noted the shortage of drugs for sick patients.

He said: “We have gone round and we can see that there are health personnel taking care of the IDPs and providing medical and related support to them but there are challenges because the resources available is meagre and government alone cannot provide the support the IDPs need.

“We saw that the UNICEF and WHO are rendering support. Particularly the UNICEF. But we can see that at the Ortese and Ichwa IDPs camps we have the challenge of shortage of drugs.

“But we are going back to synergise among the frontline Ministries and Agencies to see how that challenge can be tackled without delay.

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