By: Aisha Sa'ad
Ministry for women Affairs in collaboration with UNICEF holds coordinating meeting with Team Leaders on Child protection and Psycho-social support services for children in IDP camps at Conference Hall, Ministry for Women Affairs.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss with different stakeholders present at the meeting on the challenges faced by the IDPS and the various Agencies who support them and how to tackle the problems.
According to NEMA official, Mr. Balarabe Musa from NYSC Camp Damare, Some challenges they encounter with the IDPS are ; diversion of food items, Drugs and other facilities given to them to markets, delay in reporting health conditions and breastfeeding Mothers need to be sensitise on how to take good care of their children.
Some Medical personnel also lamented on the attitudes of IDPS toward drugs and other health facilities give to them, some divert their own to market while others abandon it.
A representative of Sabon Gari camp Mal. Musa Baba Mentioned Some Problems In his thus; Lack of water Supply, Educational facilities, and Health facilities.
A representative from Ministry of Justice, Barr. Hauwa Muhammad also made it known to the Team Leaders how they assist the IDPS by providing them with Food items, Clothes, and Educational facilities.
In the same vein, the founder of compassionate foundation Mrs. Maria Onu in her contribution called on Government and NGOs to join hands together in other to assist the less previlege in the society .
Lastly, a consultant from UNICEF Hajiya Hannatu Ahmad discussed with the Team Leaders on how to handle issues of Rape, Child abuse , Malnutrition, Child Labour and Molestation.
Those who attended the meeting are; UNICEF officials, Staff from Ministry of women Affairs, Social Welfare Officers, NEMA Officials, Medical Personnel, Members of Child Protection Network, Lawyers, Camp Coordinators, and Journalists.