Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Emergency in Nigeria

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Emergency in Nigeria

Article excerpt

WHO, with its partners, is scaling up its emergency health response to the humanitarian crisis in north eastern Nigeria, where some 3.7 million displaced people are in desperate need of health services.

A recent WHO rapid assessment of 56 health facilities in the Nigerian state of Borno found dire shortages of medicines and other supplies, especially for paediatric, emergency obstetric and antenatal care.

The health facilities are struggling to provide services to some 1.3 million displaced people in Borno state, formerly held by militant insurgency groups, the assessment found.

Stronger disease surveillance is urgently needed to allow for the early detection of infectious diseases.

WHO is working with the Government of Nigeria and partners to quickly re-establish and strengthen early warnings for disease outbreaks to allow for more rapid responses.

To prevent potential outbreaks, WHO has supported the establishment of an early warning alert and response system in the 56 health facilities. …

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