NorthCentral – Malaria, Others Strike Benue Flood Camp


The Benue Flood Camp recently opened for people displaced by the flood disaster in Makurdi town and its environs has been hit by cases of Malaria fever and fungal infections.

Also rampant in the camp are cases of respiratory and unitary track infections due to poor and inadequate toilet facilities for use in the camp. Cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders commonly found among the adults inmates also abound among the displaced persons.

In a report by Vanguard, StraightNews learnt that the situation could be as a result of the camp being overwhelmed by the number of persons pouring into the facility on a daily basis.

Confirming the development, the Director, Advanced Medical Centre for Trauma Victims, Dr. Dimoji-Okoro Chibuzo said there was urgent need for supply of more mosquito nets in the camp.  Dr. Dimoji-Okoro whose organization is offering free medical services in the camp stated further that there was dire need of the services of Clinical Psychologists in the camp to help counsel the victims in their trying moments.  She said, “From what we have seen so far, malaria fever, fungi infections abound in the camp. I have also seen lots of them come down with post-traumatic stress disorders common among the parents, which is coming from anxiety and fear.

There are lots of High Blood Pressure cases as well as lots of respiratory and urinary track infections which could be attributed to poor and inadequate toilet facilities.”

According to the Medical Doctor, the situation was beyond state government, “There is therefore urgent need for more assistance and support from the Federal Government, public-spirited individuals, Non-Governmental Organizations and the International community to help the state government overcome this challenge.”