With mortality rates estimated at 4 times higher than emergency thresholds in some of the 15 local government areas formerly held by Boko Haram insurgents, and the rate of severe acute malnutrition hovering at 14%, the WHO is ramping up response in northeastern Nigeria.
Measles and polio have also been reported in the area. Further complicating a challenging work environment are forecasts of major floods as the rainy season peaks.
Protracted conflict situations are associated with the world’s highest rates of death among children and pregnant women and can also be breeding grounds for infectious diseases, “but are too often neglected by the international community,” said Peter Salama, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme.
UN News Centre