Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders, has treated 2,260 children afflicted by malaria in Dusuman and Zabarmari villages near Maiduguri within the past six months.
A statement by the MSF Field Communication Officer, Mr Abdulkareem Yakubu, said the affected children were attended to by the MSF’s mobile team.
“Between mid-August and December 2020, MSF’s mobile team provided a total of 6,881 consultations for children living in villages outside Maiduguri.
“MSF staff tested 6,463 children for malaria and treated 2,260 children for the disease, referring 18 of them to hospital.
“The team also treated 71 children for severe acute malnutrition and 190 children for moderate acute malnutrition,” Yakubu said.
Yakubu said that MSF has been using various measures like training of some community members to carry out rapid malaria test and malnutrition screening as well as application of appropriate medication in hard-to-reach areas to ensure access to healthcare delivery to children in such areas.
He said that where a child situation is considered serious after test and screening in the rural areas, the child is referred to MSF hospital in Maiduguri.
MSF has been operating in Borno, particularly in areas affected by insurgency since 2014.