The United Nations Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) has said that over 8.5 million persons are in dire need of life-saving support due to humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
The agency in its October North-East Humanitarian Report said that 6.9 million displaced persons were targeted for life-saving assistance in 2017. The fact-sheet showed that 5.2 million people were facing food insecurity and 5.1 million persons were targeted for food security interventions.
It indicated that humanitarian organisations in collaboration with the Federal Government had provided support to three million persons under the emergency food intervention programme.
The agency also disclosed that 3.4 million persons, particularly children, expectant and nursing mothers, needed nutrition support, adding that 2.7 million were targeted for assistance. It also said that 2.1 million persons had, so far, benefited from various nutrition interventions designed to control malnutrition in the war ravaged region. It said more than 5.6 million of the estimated 6.9 million persons received health care service support through effective interventions provided by humanitarian organisations.