Overcrowding: Plateau IDPs at Risk of Disease Outbreak

There are palpable fears of outbreak of communicable diseases in the Internally Displaced Person’s IDPs Camps in Plateau State due to over crowding in rooms.

A visit by our reporter to one of the IDPs camps in Pankshin local government area shows that no fewer than 15 to 20 persons are sleeping in one room every night which health wise is not conducive for them.

One of the camp officials expressed fear of high possibility of disease outbreak, but said they have no option than to only pray God to prevent any ugly happening again after surviving the deathly attacks on their communities.

The Pankshin building hosting some of the survivors of the ongoing coordinated attacks in Mangu, was built by the Mwaghavul Student Union, Federal College of Education FCE Pankshin branch.

The structure is a 14 room building of single room each and is currently accommodating 450 people, both adults and children, according to one of the camp leader, Mrs. Nansat Kenkat.

According to her, they share themselves up to 15 or 20 to each of the rooms to sleep every night.

“Our children sometimes fall sick because of how they are sleeping on a mat or on a wrapper in a cement floor. We don’t have mattresses.” Said Mrs. Nansat.

The camp leader revealed that it was a student of Federal College of Education FCE Pankshin who graduated recently that gave her 6 spring mattress to one of them who is a nursing mother of a two months old baby, to be sleeping on it for her health and that of her new born baby.

She appreciated their host community, individuals and organizations especially the Mwaghavul Development Association MDA for their support to them always.

Terrorists have hold sway in Mangu local government area for the past 2 months, killing people, burning and destroying houses and crops in farms, forcing the Plateau State Government to imposed a 24 hours curfew in the locality on Sunday.

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