The United Nations in Nigeria has declared that it is taking emergency preparedness and response measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said this in a statement issued on Tuesday.
He stated that UN would not wait for COVID-19 to reach IDP camps before taking actions and measures would be put in place to address immediate humanitarian consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in case it spreads to North-East Nigeria.
“We will not wait for COVID-19 to reach camps for internally displaced persons before we act.
“They have already suffered enough from the decade-long conflict and our priority is to ensure the continuous delivery of life-saving assistance, especially health services, to the most vulnerable women, children and the elderly who need special attention,” he said.
Kallon stated that it is important for vulnerable people to have access to not only water, soap, shelters, but also food, education and protection.
Kallon also highlighted activities being implemented jointly in the IDP camps, guided by global guidance on COVID-19 Outbreak Preparedness and Response.
“Humanitarian partners are installing hand-washing stations in IDP camps and ensuring supply of clean water.
“Partners are also distributing soap and teaching women how to produce their own,” Kallon explained.