Three Children Die After Diarrhoea Inducement By Parents To Get Benefits In Borno
It has been reported that three children were confirmed dead at the Bulabulin Ngaranam Medical Clinic and several others hospitalized after their parents allegedly forced them to take water drawn from gutters and concoctions.
According to reports, the parents did this so they can be given Plumpy nuts and other gifts donated by UNICEF and other agencies after their children developed fever and diarrhoea and they were taken to clinic for treatment. A source told Sunday Vanguard:
“Nearly all medicines may cause diarrhea. However, some of these parents resort to either drawing water from gutters, mixed it with concoctions and forcefully injected into the mouth of their children, which eventually caused the muscles of the intestines to contract, leading to severe diarrhea for the sake of recieving food items and later sale them.”
Reacting, yesterday, the Officer in Charge of Ngaranam Medical Clinic in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, MMC, Sister Maryam Baba Gaidam and the Village Head of the Area, Lawan Mala Modu, Aliye expressed dismay over the increasing cases of diarrhea among children in the clinic.
Both lamented when delegations from National Primary HeathCare Development Agency, NPHCDA, led by Hajiya Jamila Hamanga, Borno State Primary HealthCare Development Agency officials and that of the Local Government Area including officials of the state Project Implementation Unit, PIU visited the clinic.
They had come for the ongoing assessment status and implementation on the pilot scheme of the Nigeria State Health Investment Project, NSHIP and Performance Based Financing, PBF in 37 Health Facilities selected in Jere and Maiduguri Council Areas.