United Nations has lamented that 4.3 million people are now facing hunger and food insecurity in troubled North-East.
This is part of gloomy stories that came out of a High-Level Online Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in North-East Nigeria which was held on Thursday.
At the briefing titled, ‘North-East Nigeria: Act Now, Avert the Worst,’ which was facilitated by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadia Umar-Farouq, and United Nations Resident Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, humanitarian actors said only raised 29 per cent of the funds needed to address humanitarian crisis in the troubled region had been be raised.
They said over 583,420 children-under-five and 269,492 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers would face severe acute and moderate malnutrition, experience medical complications, and be at higher risk of dying because of the inadequate coverage of health services
They added that 255,619 children suffering from severe malnutrition risked dying, while 2.5 million people lacked access to clean water and sanitation, increasing the risk of COVID-19 and outbreaks of waterborne diseases.