Insurgency: 177 health workers killed in Borno, Yobe in 10 years – WHO

A total of about 177 health workers have been killed in Borno and Yobe states since the inception of the Boko Haram insurgency, 10 years ago.

According to public service international report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 168 of the personnel were killed in Borno state while nine died in Yobe state.

The report further indicated that in 2018, there were a total of 13 attacks on health facilities in the two states, leading to death of 17 workers while 12 were injured.

Among prominent killed health workers were Saifuna Ahmed, Hauwa Liman of ICRC and
Alice Ngaddah of UNICEF who were providing frontline life-saving interventions to population in the vulnerable areas.

Blueprint gathered that only 30 per cent of the health facilities are fully functional in Borno and 69 per cent in Yobe state.

As result of the damages caused, thousands of children between the ages of 3 and 59 months did not receive malaria prevention therapy during the fourth malaria prevention campaign in some communities.

“We succeeded in offering routine immunization to 2.5million children, while 2million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
were also vaccinated against yellow fever”.

“748,000 children were de-wormed and supplemented with vitamin A among
others across the vulnerable of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe,” the statement reads in part.

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