By Chioma Obinna & Erezi Efeunu
Barely two weeks after Nigeria recorded two fresh cases of Polio in Borno State, the World Health Organisation, WHO, on Tuesday, disclosed that there were urgent health problems that could lead to an outbreak of infectious diseases in 15 local government Areas formerly held by Boko Haram insurgents.
It said some of the problems include acute malnutrition, measles, environmental health challenges among others.
WHO, in a statement, noted that its estimated mortality rates in some of the areas were four times higher than emergency thresholds.
According to WHO, the rate of severe malnutrition is estimated to be 14 percent and one of the local government areas, where two polio cases were reported, was still inaccessible-ble to health workers.
Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, Dr Peter Salama, said: “Measles cases have also been reported in the area, further complicating a challenging humanitarian environment.
“The immediate goal of WHO and its partners is to urgently reduce the rates of death and disease by rapidly scaling up life-saving health services. The working environment in the affected areas is extremely challenging.”