Maiduguri, March 15, 2017(TNE): UNICEF has provided treatment for 12, 000 out of the 50,000 severely malnourished children in the North East ravaged by the Boko Haram terrorism, the agency said in Maiiduguri on Wednesday.
UNICEF Executive Director in charge of programmes, Mr Omar Abdi, who lead a team of officials to Borno, told reporters that the UN agency in charge of children’s welfare was working towards reaching more children affected by the problem in the area.
“We have been seriously concerned about the situation of children as a result of conflict, nearly 50,000 children are severely malnourished as a result of the food crisis in the North East.
“We have scaled up our programme in working with partners in supporting government efforts towards responding to the crisis.
”So far, we have scaled up our response at the malnourished community reaching 12,000 children that were severely malnourished,” he said.
“We need to double that number four times in order to reach all those children that are affected.
“Children that are severely malnourished if not treated, could be at risk of dying of not malnutrition alone but of diseases like cholera,, diarrhoea and so on,” he said.
Abdi said that the visit to Borno was aimed at getting first-hand information on the humanitarian crisis on ground.
“We have a team from New York, from our regional office in Dakar and also from Abuja on a visit here.
“We are here to see the situation of children in this war-ravaged region and to talk to partners, government and Non Governmental Organisations on the response to the emergency,” he said.
“UNICEF has always been around working with state governments,” he said.
Abdi added:” One of the largest UNICEF programme in the world is in Nigeria, and we are working in all states to provide support”.
“We have been concerned about children education in the North East. You know that education has been disrupted while government has brought nearly two million children back to school, although nearly a quarter of the kids are out of school in the area.
“Those in school are studying in overcrowded classes, so they need more space,” he added.(TNE)