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Borno wants UNFPA to assist victims of gender violence

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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

The Borno State Government  has appealed to the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) to include women victims of gender violence in its humanitarian service in the state.

Governor Kashim Shettima made the appeal on Sunday while receiving Mrs Victoria Achenfon, the UNFPA country representative, in his office in Maiduguri.

Shettima said the gesture would help in rehabilitating women who suffered different kinds of gender violence due to the current security challenges in the state.

“Several young women have suffered different kinds of gender violence due to the insurgency facing the state.

“These women are in need of support and rehabilitation to enable them forge ahead in life,” he said.

Shettima said that his administration was ready to partner with the UNFPA to uplift the living standard of residents in the state.[eap_ad_1]

“I want to assure you of our commitment toward continuous implementation of the maternal and new born health programme in the state to reduce the mortality rate.

“We are also willing to partner with the UNFPA toward implementing other health programmes for the benefit of our people,” he said.

Shettima said his administration had invested heavily in the health sector in the recent past.

“We had only 35 doctors in the state service when we assumed office in 2011,  currently we have 115 qualified doctors in the state service.

“This is in addition to 200 nurses and midwives in the services of the state government,” he said.

Earlier, Achenfon congratulated Shettima for his numerous successes in reviving the health sector in the state.

She said that her visit was aimed at strengthening the bilateral relationship between the UNFPA and the state government.[eap_ad_4]

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