The government of Nigeria has launched fresh appeal for medical support, as it struggles to bring medical assistance to the over twenty thousand Cameroonian refugees taking asylum in it’s Cross River State communities.
According news reports, Nigeria’s state commissioner for health, Inyang Asibong made the revelation when she visited the general hospital Sankwanla, In Obanliku local government area of the state where some of the refugees are receiving treatment for various ailments.
Going by Asibong, the cross river state government has been providing free health care services with the support of some development partners to the asylum seekers , explaining that the burden is becoming huge and unbearable for the state government.
Asibong urged the international community to support the state by intervening in the refugees’ healthcare provision. Statistics at the site indicate no fewer than one hundred and eighty Cameroonian refugee patients, including children and pregnant women have been treated in the facility free of charge in the last six months.
The over twenty thousand refugees from Cameroon’s troubled Anglophone regions, have been taking asylum in seven local government areas of cross river state following the political impasse in their country since October 2017.