Boko Haram: Cholera hits Damboa refugees’ camp in Borno

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Cholera, an acute infectious disease, has hit the two camps in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State, where refugees who fled their homes in Damboa Local Government area of the state as a result of attacks by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram are taking shelter.

It was learnt that the two camps housing over 11,000 refugees need immediate medical intervention as a result of the spread of the diseases.

According to reports in Biu, the camps have started witnessing a number of victims of cholera.

Mallam Habu Isa, a resident of Biu said that the camp at one of the Primary Schools in Biu and the one at Government Girls’ Secondary School in Biu town were begging for immediate assistance from the Borno State Government.

He said that some medical personnel from Maiduguri, were at the camps to control the menace, lamenting that they left after two days, while the disease has continued to ravage the two camps.


He expressed worry that the disease may spread to people within the local government if not controled.

Biu is about 187 kilometers from Maiduguri along the Damboa axis, but the continuous attack on travelers by the Boko Haram insurgents, along Damboa route to Biu, has made coming to Biu from Maiduguri, a suicide mission.

Travelers from Maiduguri to Biu in the northeastern state have to go through Potiskum to Gombe before getting to Biu, a distance which is now about 420 kilometers journey.

It could be recalled that since the displacement of the people living in Damboa by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, about 15, 300 refugees have been received at a camp in Maiduguri, about 13,050 at a camp in Gombe, about 11,000 in Biu, in addition to others who fled to Chibok and to the Cameroon boarder. (DailyPost)