Military Declares Kodunga, Bama, Gwoza Safe for Residents’ Return

by on August 14, 2015

The Nigerian Army on Thursday said three of the 20 local government areas of Borno State recaptured from Boko Haram are now free to be inhabited by fleeing residents according to a report on This Day.
The three local government include Konduga, Bama and Gwoza, and as a preliminary step towards relocating area the local government areas and building the confidence of the fleeing residents of the area to return, camps have been built in the towns.
The Nigerian army has also commenced medical outreach aimed at giving free medical treatment to those affected by the insurgency in the liberated towns.
Speaking to journalists while conducting them round one of the liberated town, Konduga, where he visited the medical outreach established by the Nigerian army in the town, the Commander of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army with headquarters in Maiduguri, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, said Maiduguri has been overstretched and there is immediate need for the fleeing residents to return to their towns and villages.
He explained that in order to do this, the confidence of the people needed to be rebuilt and one of the ways to do this is by putting in place the needed infrastructure which informed the decision of the Nigerian army to establish medical outreach to take care of the health needs of the returning residents.
He disclosed that the medical outreach in Konduga has already treated about 1,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from about 20 surrounding villages of the town.
Adeosun said the medical outreach which was initially introduced in Maiduguri was extended last Wednesday to Konduga and will consequently be moved to other liberated towns to rebuild the confidence of the people of the areas to return  home.
He explained that  the exercise will last for three days in each of the IDPs camp where the areas have been liberated, pointing out that the military are in the field to liberate the people as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Medical Director of 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Ikechukwu Okeke, said the major challenges so far experienced during the exercise include malnutrition,  stressing that most of the IDPs have signs of severe malnutrition.
Others include lack of adequate medical facilities at the camps but noted that plans were underway for the provision of more medical facilities while serious cases are being referred to the State Specialist Hospital or University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in Maiduguri.
Okeke lamented that due to the large number of the IDPs at the Konduga camps, the military medical personnel  rendering the free medical services are inadequate to fully meet the needs of all of them but assured them that more personnel would be deployed.

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