This report is produced by OCHA Nigeria in collaboration with humanitarian partners.
Internally displaced persons (IDPs), displaced from the cities of Geidam and Kanamma 6 weeks ago, continue to return to their homes due to the improvement in security. This follows the increased presence of security forces in the area.
Sixteen cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD), including 2 deaths, have been reported in the Bursari Local Government Area (LGA) 100 kilometers north of the city of Damaturu, the state capital.
The security situation in Yobe state remained calm during the week, but is still largely unpredictable. State authorities are optimistic that most of the internally displaced people from the cities of Geidam and Kanamma will be able to return to their homes before the rainy season, as security improves after more security forces are deployed in the area.
Civilians have complained that the telecommunications network in the region is still poor, making it difficult to get timely information about the movement of suspected non-state armed groups (NSAGs) trying to disrupt peace in the region.
Action Against Hunger (ACF / AAH) has deployed additional personnel and resources, including cholera testing kits, to the town of Gashua in Bade LGA to improve preparation for acute watery diarrhea (AWD) and cholera outbreaks. Gashua is a high risk area for the AWD / cholera outbreak in the state. In April and May 2018, over 1,000 cases of cholera were recorded in Gashua, including ten deaths.
ACF / AAH has highlighted the challenge it faces to secure human resources for the child nutrition stabilization centers it supports. The required staff includes 1 doctor, 5 nurses, 5 nurses, 2 psychosocial assistants and 4 assistants in the LGAs Fune and Fika. This has impacted the treatment of approximately 57 cases of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in these two LGAs. The required staff is to be dispatched by the State Ministry of Health, while ACF / AAH provides further support packages for the management of the stabilization centers.
Primary health care facilities (PHC) in Geidam, Yunusari and Tarmua are also facing shortages of seconded staff due to security and access issues.
The ACF / AAH Food for Peace, food security grant that provided a cash / voucher program in Gujba for 4,788 beneficiaries, expired on May 31, 2021, creating a gap in support for these beneficiaries