Measles hits Benue IDP camps

Several people have reportedly contracted measles at various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps scattered across Benue State.

It was gathered that at least 60 people, mostly children above the age of five, had been infected in some of the camps located in Guma Local Government Area of the state.

It was said that 30 people infected were recorded in the Ortese IDP camp in Guma while the remaining cut across the other IDPs camps in the state.

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Executive Secretary of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Emmanuel Shior, told journalists, in Makurdi that the state government, through the Ministry of Heath, was on top of the situation.

According to him, “Usually, during hot seasons like this, we experience issues of measles, so the Ministry is collaborating with SEMA, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), UNICEF and the ICRC (International Committee for the Red Cross), who are supporting us in the area of WASH. So, we are addressing the concern.”

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