A women Non profit group has advocated for provision of water, toilet, facilities in the Abuja IDP camp.Speaking in Abuja, Dr Stella Kuforiji-Eshiet, Chairman, Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) demanded a wholesome support from well meaning Nigerians towards a better living conditions in the camp.
“Most of these persons have no access to toilets, water is difficult to get, some women and girls are even being raped while trying to search for water in the communities.
“It is very important that all stakeholders do more to enable these people live better lives,” she said.
According to her, all stakeholders must do more to improve the lives of these persons as this will go a long to reducing their plight.
The chairman said human faeces were the main source of diarrhoea, cholera, saying that with proper access to waste disposal, this could be reduced to its barest minimum.
Speaking on the visit to Orozzo camp, she said it was heartbreaking to see that there was no toilet, saying that the place being used was a breeding point for faecal-oral transmission of diseases.
Kuforiji-Eshiet, who said poor feeding was common in the camps, stressed the need for individuals to come to the aid of these children to reduce malnutrition and stunted growth among them.
“Although, some private individuals come to donate, more donations are still needed, because if we don’t do so, we may be sitting on a gun powder.”
Citing the Wassa Camp in Apo, she stated that it lacked quality drinking water, adding that access to water was a human right.
The chairman stressed the need to drill more borehole facilities to enable more IDPs get water for domestic and personal uses.
“The quality of drinking water in that camp is poor, water supply is inadequate. Because of the shortage of clean water, water borne diseases easily spread.
“Everyone has a part to play in this, we do not need to wait for the Federal Government alone, it is a collective responsibility,” Kuforiji-Eshiet said.