The recently rescued 275 women and children from the clutches of Boko Haram in Adamawa State are free of HIV/AIDS, according to an official of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Ms Ruth Ugwu, a Nursing staff with UNICEF at the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Malkohi, Adamawa State, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola, on Thursday [May 14].
Ugwu said that their clean health status followed medical screenings and health rehabilitations conducted on the victims. The nurse confirmed that after intensive medical check-up at the camp clinic, the victims were found HIV/AIDS negative.
"Both rescued women and the children, after several health screening, the result available is that they are free of HIV/AIDS. "The only illnesses we noticed among them, especially the children, are malnutrition and eyes problem," Ugwu said.
Alhaji Sa'ad Bello, the camp coordinator, also confirmed that the common illnesses found among the IDPs were trauma, malnutrition and eyes problems. Bello further explained that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and its partners had deployed medical personnel and drugs to cater for the IDPs.