Five women have successfully delivered babies while 57 pregnant women registered in camps as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) after devastating floods in Adamawa state rendered them homeless.
A statement signed by the spokesman, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yusha’u Shuaibu said the IDPs are camped in Gwadabawa, Damare, Limawa, Bwaraji, Sanda and Numan Camps.
Some of the women he said would be transferred to hospitals for proper medical attention.
Shuaibu said there are reports of premature deliveries, miscarriages and there are also reports missing children.
While visiting the area, NEMA Director General, Muhammad Sani-Sadi urged other people living within areas prone to flood to move to designated camps for safety.
“If the trend of rainfall experienced this year continues in the next few weeks, more water will be released from the Cameroon reservoir till October 2012. NEMA is looking up to the Federal Government to find a permanent solution to the floods by constructing a dam in the state that will reduce and manage the volume of water released annually from Lagdo dam in the Republic of Cameroon. Also, there is need for dredging of water channels that link Nigeria with the dam,” he said.
The emergency workers were being inundated with gory tales of bites from emigrant snakes, outbreak of diseases, particularly in Numan camps.
The acting chairman of Lamurde Local government, Mr Samaila Murrey confirmed that snake bites were recorded at GSS Numan, and Pare transit camps.
“At least we recorded 3 cases of snake bites and already health personnel are on top of the situation, though we need urgent assistance,” Murrey said.
A medical personnel Dr Amos Zacharias at Pare transit camp also said conditions are difficult at the camps saying IDPs are facing enormous health issues due to the lack of medical facilities.
“No sanitary facility, no mosquito nets, we lack anti biotics the IDPs are sleeping on bare floor while malaria ravages. Already there is outbreak of water related diseases. The condition is pathetic,’’ Zacharias said.
In the meantime, Medicines San Frontiers (MSF) is assisting the IDPs with medication.