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IDP Many babies birthed monthly at camps

A large number of babies are delivered monthly by women in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps managed by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the North Eastern states of Nigeria.

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With 19 formal camps in Borno, nine in Yobe, four in Adamawa states with 16 satellite camps in Maiduguri communities managed by the Nigeria military, women are giving gave birth to not less than 30 children in each of these formal camps monthly.

The development which has been described by emergency experts as outrageous, the 'high rate' of child birth at the IDPs camps, has prompted a foundation to commence training of women as midwives to serve as traditional birth attendance at the camps.

In places like Gambaru and Bama which has satellite IDP camps managed by the Nigeria military are not always accessible by humanitarian organisation when it comes to accessing the number of birth cases reported at the camps on monthly basis.

"The number of births by women at the IDP camps is outrageous," a NEMA official told Pulse in confidence.

"You can't just ascertain whether these displaced women are with their husbands at the camp but the number of child birth is increasing with not less than 30 children being given birth to on monthly basis in each of the 32 camps," he said.

With the bad experiences women go through when giving birth at the camps, a non-governmental organization, Betneely Charity Foundation has trained 45 women as Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA).

The organization which commenced the exercise in three IDP camps Adamawa, provided them with working kits and certificates.

Mrs Betty Olutunde, who is the Managing Director of the organization is poised at bringing succour to pregnant women at the camps.

The United States Embassy in Nigeria is also in support of women to be train as midwives to assuage the sufferings of women undergoing labour at the camps, according to Mrs Hajara Kadiri.

Nigeria's emergency agency office in Adamawa headed by Mr Sa'ad Bello has welcomed the development saying that it would help in the rising birth rate at the camps.

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