In furtherance of the commemoration of the 2015 World Population Day, the National Population Commission and stakeholders visited the camps of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja on Monday, 13th July 2015. The two camps visited are in New Kuchigoro in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and Pyegi in Kuje Area Council.
The Chairman of NPC, Chief Eze Duruiheoma explained that the essence of the 2015 World Population Day was to draw attention to the plight of these groups of people and provide a collective sustained platform for assisting them. He said that the visit to the camp was to enable it know the condition of people who live in at the camp.
He decried the living condition of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the FCT, describing it as deplorable. ``The living condition here is deplorable though it can be made better; I see determination to survive on the faces of people who live in the camp.
In people who are assisting them, there is determination to help; I think that everything is working well, but the issue of sanitation is something that needs the attention of government.
“Anything that can be provided to them to make their life better will be a worthwhile exercise,’’ he said.
Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board, who conducted the NPC Chairman round the camp said that there are about 1,500 IDPs in Kuchingoro camp.
Mohammed said that the board intends to make use of the visit to talk to the IDPs on their health since it is World Population Day.
“We are working with NPC, National Planning Commission and other partners to ensure that life is better in this environment. We are providing HIV testing and counselling for mothers and fathers so that they know their status and know how to regulate them. We need to talk to the communities about birth registration and population control particularly family planning and child spacing,’’ said the scribe.
Other highlights of the event include free medical outreach by the board, Society for Family Health and other non-governmental organization as well as donation of food items, toiletries and reproductive health items to the IDPs by the Commission.
NPC Seeks National Population Policy Review
AS Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate the 2015 World Population Day, the National Population Commission (NPC) has called for the review of the National Population Policy in view of the recent changes in the nation’s demographic profile.
The NPC’s Chairman, Eze Duruiheoma, who stated this in Abuja on Thursday July 9, 2015 at a press conference, said the review had become imperative to accommodate current realities. Readmore