No fewer than 50 people, mostly children under the age of five, are suffering from malnutrition in Malkohi Internally Displaced Persons camp which is in the suburb of Yola, Adamawa state.
A member of the Federal of Muslim Women Association who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on the condition of anonymity said the situation was so dire that the association had to take food supplements in the early hours of Tuesday to affected persons in the camp.
“Yes cases of malnutrition were reported to us and we had to rush there. As I speak with you now, we are just returning from the camp”.
“We were able to give them food supplements. We also gave them soya bean powder particularly those between 0-5 years old,” the source stated.
“What we found out was that the food the IDPs were getting did not have the required nutrition was not having the required nutrition, we are taking a close watch on them but the good thing is that there is no casualty,” the source stated.
The Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency said that people are suffering from malnutrition at the camp.
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Haruna Furo, said “the cases mentioned relates to those IDPs from Borno state who were recently brought to the camp from Cameroon.
“In fact they are now looking better compared to the time they were brought from Cameroon to the camp in Adamawa, three weeks ago,” Mr. Furo said.
“As we speak now Borno government has almost completed plans to move them to their state;” he added.
However, the NEMA official in charge of the Malkohi camp, Zakari Abubakar, while speaking with PREMIUM TIMES, denied reports of malnutrition and said no association was there with food supplements or any assistance for the IDPs.
“I have not received any malnutrition support from any agency for now”; he stated. Efforts to get further comments from Mr. Abubakar proved abortive as he refused to pick up his calls. In a text message, he said he will not speak over the phone.
Three weeks ago, about 500 Nigerians were brought from Cameroon to Malkohi camp.