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Handwashing equipment installed in IDP camps

As government continues to take drastic measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus, Borno state government has intensified surveillance in all the Internally displaced persons camps in the state.

Borno state has twenty three official camps with about one point five million IDPs taking refuge in them. 

This figure is capable of raising concern with outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic which continues to ravage countries around the world.

To allay fears of IDPs and other residents, Borno state government, Development partners and other stakeholders in the humanitarian sector have taken deliberate measures in all the camps in Maiduguri and other host communities. 

Some of the measures taken include setting up high powered committee on Coronavirus being Chaired by the Deputy Governor, restrict movement into camps, provision of hand washing points, sanitizers and soaps in all the official camps.

Executive Chairman Borno state Emergency Management Agency SEMA, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said the committee has stepped up awareness campaign on the virus through officials and community leaders in the camps.

Our Correspondent visited some of the Akayi and Staduim camps in Maiduguri to gauge the knowledge of IDPs about the virus.

Similarly, Commissioner of Health Dr Salihu Kwaya Bura said the state government with support of partners have put in place response mechanism to displaced persons in host communities. 

According  to him a hundred bed isolation facility has been provided at Brigedier Abba Kyari Hospital in Bulabulin Ngaranam area of the metropolis in an event of any suspected case.

Dr Kwayabura advised residents to maintain high level of hygiene by washing their hands with soap under running water, observe social distancing and avoid being in crowded places. 

Dauda Iliya

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