The Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has registered 100 births at the Pompomari Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Damaturu in two years.
Alhaji Musa Jidawa, the SEMA’s Executive Secretary disclosed this on Friday in Damaturu. He said that 57 boys and 43 girls were delivered at the camp clinic safely. “The camp clinic provided all the ante-natal care and the deliveries were very safe with mothers and babies in very good health,’’ he said. SEMA on Thursday organized a lavish ceremony for the 2,000 camp inmates to celebrate the birth of the 100 babies.
It also donated 100 wrappers and baby clothes to each of the 100 mothers and babies as well as birth certificates obtained from the National Population Commission (NPC). Jidawa commended the state government for providing adequate feeding, medical care, clothing as well as water and sanitation facilities in the camp to support the displaced persons.
Bintu Modu, a mother of five, said her four deliveries in her village came with complications, adding that she had a safe delivery at the camp due to the medical services at the camp.
“I most sincerely thank Yobe government, SEMA and all other agencies who contributed to safe delivery of pregnant women and thereby saving the lives of mothers and children,’’ she said.
In my opinion, the babies are a blessing and worth celebrating but the parents should be given a reality check on regular basis, engage them in entrepreneurial training and prepare them for life outside the camp.