Outbreak of chickenpox at Benue’s IDP camp

It has been confirmed that there is a rising case of chickenpox and other diseases in the Agagbe Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Gwer LGA of Benue State.

Recall that at least nine children were infected with measles at the same camp last week.

The chairman of the IDP camp, Mr Terna Jacob, told newsmen that chickenpox was detected by some medical doctors from a nearby private hospital.

He said the doctors broke the news to some government officials who visited the camp over the weekend.

The government officials, who, according to the camp manager, were from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had visited to ascertain whether the cases of measles, other illnesses, and hunger reported in the media were true.

“SEMA was here to confirm the widespread news in the Agagbe IDP camp concerning sickness and hunger. They interviewed Mrs Ioryoosu Udisugh, who gave birth in the toilet, and she told them the same story.

“They went to the European Economic Community (EEC) hospital, Agagbe, where the doctors confirmed the situation to be true (for measles). Those doctors also reported chickenpox to them,” Jacob said.

Meanwhile, the camp manager disclosed that Reverend Father Bua Cletus, the vicar in charge of St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Agagbe, informed him that two people sent N70,000 into his account to help with pressing issues of sickness at the IDP camp in Agagbe.

“We have been able to take them to St Francis Xavier Primary Health Care, Agagbe, so far. If the money remains, we will still take in more ill people,” the camp manager posited.

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