Tiv/Fulani clashes: 72 New Births Recorded In Makurdi Refugee Camps

Over 72 new births have been recorded in the last two weeks, in camps established in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, for persons displaced by the recent invasion of some Benue communities by suspected Fulani mercenaries.

Despite being delivered without proper medical attention, most of the babies were in good condition but the nursing mothers were in dire need of good food and proper medical attention when Vanguard visited the camps at the LGEA Primary School, Wurukum, Saint Mary’s Primary School North Bank, and LGEA Primary School, Ichwua, yesterday.

One of the nursing mothers at the LGEA Primary School, Wurukum, who gave her name as Mrs. Monica Lubem said she gave birth to her baby one week ago without the assistance of a midwife.

“I gave birth to my baby about seven days ago. When my labour started, I could not get to the hospital because of our situation, so women gathered and helped me to deliver my baby girl. That is also what happened to about 16 of the women who recently gave birth to new babies in this camp.
“Our major problem is that most of us do not have access to good food and proper dedication for our babies. We also do not have enough mosquito nets to sleep with in our open camp,” she said.

Executive Secretary of the Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr. Adikpo Agatse however said the issue in question was within the purview of the state Ministry of Health.

“Moreover the displaced person have been advised to make use of all government health facilities in the North Bank area of Makurdi town if they are having any health challenges,” he said.

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