- In the last three years, the Boko Haram insurgency has cost the federal government quite a lot especially in the northeast region
- The minister of health Isaac Adewole, on Monday, May 13, said that not less than N5 billion has been spent in dealing with the adverse effects of terrorism
- Adewole said that the fund was used for the provision of health and humanitarian services in Borno state
The minister of health, Isaac Adewole, on Monday May 13, said that the federal government has spent not less than N5 billion over the last three years in dealing with the negative effects of Boko Haram insurgency.
Adewole said that most of the funds were spent on the provision health and humanitarian services in Borno state, adding that “the health sector’s response to humanitarian crisis was initiated by the ministry in 2016."
The minister made this disclosure in Abuja during a conference themed Health in Humanitarian Response. The gathering was an avenue to celebrate the lives of 74 health workers who died during the cause of carrying out their duties in the northeast, Premium Times reports.
Earlier, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had said that a large area of Borno is yet inaccessible to health workers.despite the ongoing humanitarian interventions in the region.
The minister said: “The government is working tirelessly to ensure that programmes and objectives related to the Nigerian humanitarian response see the light of the day. The humanitarian crisis in the six north-east states has intensified after eight years of violent conflict.
"The conflict has caused widespread displacement, acute food and nutrition shortage, insecurity and serious human right violation. A large area of Borno state remains inaccessible to humanitarian assistance.
“You are aware health serves as a constant denominator for quantifying the magnitude of a crisis and our primary goal as health workers is to curb an incidence of excess morbidities and mortalities which normally ensues as a consequence of crisis situation.
"For this reason, health was prioritised in the Buhari plan and the economic recovery and growth plan as a veritable tool for socio-economic growth for the nation and in rebuilding conflict affect north east.
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“This project has been entirely funded by the federal government with the sum of over N5 billion invested to date, with a large proportion of the funds used to procure medicines and health related supplies, in addition to supporting at least 350 healthcare providers at every phase of the project."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that troops had killed four Boko Haram insurgents in a clearance operation, tagged “Operation Hard Strike” at villages in Borno state, the military authorities announced on Sunday, May 12.
Legit.ng reports that the army spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, made the announcement in a statement in Abuja.
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