8 May 2016
The Government of Cross River State is urging the Federal Government and the International Community as well not to relent in efforts to rehabilitate displaced Bakassi people.
The Director-General of the Cross River State Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr. Betta Edu said there needs to be an undivided and urgent attention directed to the displaced persons and adequate health services brought to their camps. He stressed that this effort will keep them alive and go a long way to help them live normally.
Dr. Edu was speaking at the camp located at Saint Marks Primary and Secondary School in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state, where she led a team of health workers to render free health services.
After over three years since the Bakassi indigenes have been gathered in the camp, children, youths and the aged have been subjected to a series of harsh living conditions with the camp lacking basic amenities.
Furthermore, Dr. Edu said that the decision to help was informed by the discovery that 90% of the children in the camp were malnourished.
She added that their health conditions at a time of prevalent diseases called for the visit which was also to request help from the public.
Asides the free medical care that was given, the displaced persons were also given some relief materials.
Camp leader of the displaced, while thanking the health workers, said that the Bakassi were abandoned and desperately need help from all and anyone who is ready to extend a helping hand.