By Ogar Monday
The Director General, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr. Betta Edu has promised the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp 2, Bakassi that her Agency with support from the State Government will establish a health post in the camp so as to bring basic medical care closer to them.
Dr. Betta made this promise when she and members of the board of the CRSPHCDA paid a visit to the Ikot-Eyo Edem (camp 2), in Akpabuyo Local Government of the State to commemorate the African Vaccination Week 2016.
Speaking to the refugees, Dr. Betta said, “Your condition here is pitiable, as you all sacrificed your homeland and resources for peace in Nigeria. Your rooms have no windows and the environment looks unkempt. And as an example, this baby (referring to the baby she is carrying) and most of the babies I have seen in this camp look malnourished”.
Dr. Betta also added that the visit is to call attention to the plight of those living in the IDP camp and make the Federal Government take a look at them.
Also speaking, Dr. Muyiwa Ojo Project Officer, World Health Organization (WHO), Calabar described the State of the IDP camp as “bad”, but assured that succour was on the way.
Responding on behalf of the refugees, Liaison Officer, National Union For Nigeria and Cameroon, Prince Aston, said some politicians have turned their plight into a money making venture but a time will come when they will “take their destinies into their own hands”.
The visit included the vaccination of children in the camp, free malaria tests and treatment for all the refugees and distribution of relief materials.
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