By Bode Olushegun
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has moved to combat malaria in internally displaced persons camps in Borno State by distributing mosquito nets.
The agency also distributed mosquito nets to internally displaced persons living in host communities of Maiduguri and Jere.
During the distribution on Wednesday, the NEMA North East Acting Zonal Coordinator, Mr Ishaya Chonoko, said the mosquito nets were distributed on the instruction of the Director General of the agency, Air Vice Marshal Muhammed Alhaji Muhammed (retd).
He said due to recent flooding at many of the camps in Borno State and the threat of malaria, the Director General ordered that mosquito nets and blankets should be distributed to IDPs to combat malaria.
He said the decision was made following an assessment conducted during the flood sensitization embarked upon by the agency in IDP camps and host communities where internally displaced persons reside in Maiduguri metropolis.
The distribution was done by officials of NEMA North East led by Acting Zonal Coordinator, Mr Ishaya Chonoko.
They were at Bakassi IDP camp and host communities of Kusheri, Ngomari Airport, Jiddari polo, Ngarnam, Bulunkutu Abuja, Musari, 303 Housing Estate and Dala Alanderi.
Apart from the mosquito nets and blankets, also distributed included food items including rice, maize, seasoning, vegetable oil and tomato paste, while non-food items distributed included mats and buckets.
The agency also distributed building materials, which included cement, ceiling board, zinc roofing sheets, and nails.