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Over 40% Of Borno Health Facilities Are Damaged— WHO




Ijeoma Okeke
The World Health Organisation has said that more than  40 per cent of health facilities in Borno State have been damaged and are not functional.
It made this known in an article published by the organisation, titled ‘How community engagement prevents, protects health care from attacks in north-east Nigeria’ on Wednesday. The article noted that every terrorist attack has a dramatic impact on communities.

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The article which was published on the organisation’s website quoted WHO representative to Nigeria, Dr Kazadi Mulombo, also saying that over 50, 000 people face the risk of losing access to all essential services.

Mulombo said, “In Borno State, more than 40 per cent of health facilities are non-functioning or too damaged to provide health services to the population, so when a health facility is damaged or burnt down up to 50 000 people are at risk of losing access to all essential services.

“Communities living in remote areas where no health facilities are functional may also lose access to mobile health teams, forced to interrupt services due to security concerns. These attacks not only compromise the health of thousands but also cause significant losses of government, humanitarian agencies and donors resources,” he said.

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