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ICRC renders humane treatments to 4,800 detainees in Northeast


ICRC renders humane treatments to 4,800 detainees in Northeast

By Jennifer S. Kuwanta 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has rendered compassionate care to no fewer than 4,800 inmates in the Northeast region.

The states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe were included in the 13-year conflict’s sphere of influence.

This information was revealed by Yann Bonzon, head of the ICRC delegation in Nigeria, in the 2022 Operational Facts and Figures dashboard, which was shown to journalists in Maiduguri, Borno state Thursday.

According to him, the Committee followed up on each detainee individually through 32 visits to nine detention facilities in the three conflict-affected States.

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“The visits were to conduct and monitor the treatments and conditions of the detainees in their respective centres,” said the ICRC dashboard.

In relation to the more than ten-year struggle, 317 inmates, including adolescents and women, were registered by the Committee, according to Bonzon.

In addition to providing food supplements and medications to four additional detention institutions, he stated that food distribution was still taking place in two prisons.

Unveiling the means of access to treatments, the Dashboard stated: “The ICRC received 6, 198 phone calls from communities relating to health, water and sanitation and family separation.

“The needs for shelter were also handled by the Committee.”
According to the ICRC Head of Delegation, 300 people from the affected communities with temporary shelters and surgical patients were discharged from State’s Specialists Hospital, Maiduguri.

On the detainees’ state of health, he said: “We engaged the detainees with capacity-building training for their health and catering officers,” assuring that the ICRC will continue to support detaining authorities by improving detainees’ access to healthcare.

In the meantime, 10 correctional facilities have provided communal and individual hygiene goods to around 7,636 detainees every three months.

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