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1.5 Million IDPs At Risk Of Contracting Coronavirus— MSF

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The Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as Doctors without Borders has warned that the more than 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno camps and host communities are at risk of the deadly coronavirus.

MSF Borno’s Communication Manager, Scot Hamilton said this in a statement on Saturday.

It read: “In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, malaria, malnutrition and water-borne diseases will not relent. About 1.5 million IDPs in Borno now face the spectre of the deadly virus that has claimed over 52, 000 lives globally

“Many live in vastly overcrowded camps, with poor water and sanitation facilities, limited supplies of hygiene essentials, such as soap and water. There is also no space with the crowed makeshifts and tents.”

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He noted that many of the IDPs are already exposed to diseases and unable to access functioning health infrastructure, hence essential humanitarian assistance must be maintained for the population.

Hamilton added that there was a need to improve water and sanitation facilities in IDP camps, and frontline health workers on whom the population depends must also have access to personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Many IDPs already suffer from illnesses endemic to overcrowded settlements, such as waterborne diseases and respiratory tract infections like pneumonia, which has been identified as a significant threat, when coupled with COVID-19”, he said.

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