The United Nations is gearing up for a potentially devastating Covid-19 outbreak in Northeast Nigeria, even as Covid-19 spreads rapidly throughout the country.
Northeast Nigeria has been torn apart by Boko Haram in the past few years, and the UN has expressed concern of the location being unable to withstand the plunder of Covid-19.
Renewed conflict has restricted humanitairan operations. Aid workers jave increasingly been the target of armed groups, according to the UN’s official website.
12 aid workers have been killed in the past year, while several humanitarian offices and accommodation have been hit. UN statistics state that only 15% of Borno state is currently accessible to humanitarian agencies.
The UN is however projecting beyond the setbacks and is brainstorming on ways to quell the impending covid _19.
Quarantine shelter construction is a priority, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration.
“Despite the instability, the UN and partners are forging ahead with ahead with quarantine shelters construction, which will serve internally displaces people and host communities in the Northeast towna of Gwoza, Pulka, Dikwa and Monguno”, said Franz Celestine, IOM Nigeria, chief of mission.
“Given the rapidly evolving situation in Nigeria and across the world, we must ensure that the health of displaced and and host communities is a central part of our response, Celestine intimated.