NEMA seeks urgent medical assistance for victims of Langtang, Plateau, violence

NEMA said there is need to prevent spread of diseases.

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has appealed to relevant agencies to assist the hundreds of displaced persons in the emergency camp set up for victims of the Langtang crises.

About 7000 people are believed to be at the camp at the LGEA Pilot Central Primary School in Mabudi, the headquarters of Langtang Local Government Area of Plateau State. The victims were displaced after the violence unleashed on three Langtang villages- Bolgan, Karkashi, and Magama- last week Wednesday which led to the death of at least 30 people and the burning of several houses.

The North Central Coordinator of NEMA, Abdulsalam Mohammed, has now warned that urgent medical assistance be provided for the victims at the camp to prevent the spread of diseases,

Mr. Mohammed told PREMIUM TIMES in an interview on Wednesday that the weather being witnessed at the camp could be harmful to the health of the displaced persons with children the most likely victims.

“Most children are being exposed to the cool weather, it might be dangerous to their health,” he said.

The NEMA boss said his agency has intimated the Doctors Without Borders based in the state to assist in the medical needs of the displaced persons in order to prevent possible outbreak of diseases at the camp.

He said the emergency agency, on Tuesday, provided relief materials, which were basically food items, household items, and other essential needs for children and women. He listed some of the items provided to the displaced people to include rice, millet, corn, tomatoes; as well as children’s diapers, wrappers, children’s clothes, indomie packs, powdered milk, mattresses, blankets, and toiletries.

Mr. Mohammed said 95 per cent of the people at the camp are women and children; and are in need of basic health amenities.

The casualty figure from the Wednesday attack is still disputed. While the police say they can confirm 30 deaths, a Plateau lawmaker, Beni Lar, said over 70 people were killed in the attack

There is, however, adequate security at the camp as Mr. Mohammed confirmed the presence of different security personnel there.

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