Eleven pregnant women in two of the camps for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Biu, Borno State, have been successfully delivered of their babies, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said on Thursday.
The North east zonal information officer of the agency, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said ten of the women had normal deliveries at the camps while one of them had to be taken to the General Hospital, Biu where she was delivered of her baby through a Caesarean Session, CS.
Ibrahim said two truckloads of relief materials have been sent to the camps located at the Government Girls Secondary School and Central Primary School, both in Biu, to cater for the women, their new babies and about 10, 000 registered IDPs taking shelter there.
The newly delivered mothers were also given some toys, feeding bottles and baby food for the needs of the newly delivered ones.
He noted that the number of displaced persons in the region was growing almost on a daily basis, especially after attacks on Damboa and its surrounding villages over the weekend.
The official said that NEMA had been working in conjunction with other stakeholders like the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps and the Red Cross to provide succour for the refugees.
Zonal coordinator of NEMA North east, Muhammed Kanar, led the team of officials from the agency’s office in Maiduguri for the distribution exercise.
Kanar’s team also visited the Emir of Biu, Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu, to thank him for his support in offering assistance to the displaced persons.
Thousands of Nigerians in the North east are now taking shelter in temporary relief camps following incessant attacks on their towns and villages by the terrorist Boko Haram group.
Persons who make up this number are those who have either lost their homes, as members of the sect have a style of burning down buildings during their operations; others are those who fled their homes for fear of being killed.