The Federal Government through the Ministry of Health has spent over N4 billion over the humanitarian crisis in the North-East region of Nigeria.
A statement signed by Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health made the statement during the Commemoration of the 2017 World Humanitarian Day in Abuja, recently.
Prof. Adewole noted that four billion naira was used in purchasing relief materials including drugs and medical consumables, hospital equipment, capacity building and deployment of volunteer health workers.
He added that a two-pronged approach was adopted solely to provide basic medical services to the affected population and strengthen the pillars of the health system.
He affirmed that the Federal Ministry of Health has responded to the humanitarian situation within Nigeria by strengthening the Special Project Department and appointing a Substantive Director to coordinate health related response to the on- going humanitarian crisis within the country.
He pointed out that the on –going humanitarian crisis was unprecedented and protracted with Borno State as the epicentre ,adding that a broad North – East Health Sector Humanitarian Crisis Response Strategic Plan (NEHSHRSP) was developed with a primary objective of repositioning the health system within the region, he said.
He informed that there was a Rapid Response Team tasked with the responsibility to develop a six month health and nutritional plan in Borno State to address the rapid decline in health and nutritional indices being experienced, adding that the plan was developed, approved, implemented and now been extended by another six months due to the giant strides achieved such as increased access to quality healthcare to communities.
He enumerated the achievements of the project which included diagnosis and treatment of about 15,000 cases of malaria in host communities and IDP camps and others.