Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Durumi Camp in Zone 1 of Abuja have called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to set up a hospital to address their health issues.
At Durumi IDP Camp, Area 1, Abuja, IDP Camp Chairman Mr Ibrahim Amadu said the death rate was increasing due to the deplorable state of their living conditions and the inability to receive quality medical care.
Mr. Amadu explained that the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons has generally been providing free medical services to IDPs in the camp at Abuja National Hospital and Asokoro General Hospital since 2014, discontinued in 2018 and hospitals are now asking for payment to attend to their sick patients.
“We need help to create a hospital; we lack the resources to take care of ourselves, we have a clinic but lack the necessary equipment and medication. We are losing our children, our parents, our mothers and our friends,” Amadu said.
Poor condition of displaced persons at FCT
A nurse at the Durumi clinic, Hadiza Ali, said the poor living conditions of displaced people in the camp had exposed them to many illnesses and attacks.
“My first daughter accompanied the president’s daughter to get injected in Durumi, as she had a serious motorcycle accident on the way. We couldn’t afford her medical bills, it was good-natured Nigerians who contributed over 300,000 Naira before she was discharged from hospital. Our condition is terrible”
”We are in the rainy season now; there are high cases of malaria, high fever, cough, pneumonia, hepatitis and much more. A woman brought her child, she could not afford medicine now the situation is getting worse because there was no money to buy medicine. Hadiza Ali said.
“We were living well in Borno before the attack in our community in Bama, Borno State, now our condition is getting worse.”
One of the female leaders, Bintu Ali, said they depended on charitable donations from NGOs and other individuals for their survival.
Bintu Ali explained that she had been ill for a few days but did not have the resources to seek treatment.
She called on the government and relevant authorities to have mercy on them and come to their rescue.
”We are suffering here; we pray for peace to return to our communities so that we can return to our original homes. The suffering here is unbearable”.
Government plan for internally displaced people
Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons, assured that the government was making efforts to alleviate their suffering and find long-term solutions to the problems.
According to him, preparations are underway to bring them back to their ancestral homes.
Hajiya Sulaiman-Ibrahim said plans have been finalized for the construction of five resettlement towns across the country for displaced people.
The pilot states for resettlement centers are Borno, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Edo states.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; edited by Adeniyi Bakare