BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK JUNE 15, 2016
61 Infants Hospitalized As Shettima Moves 478 Malnourished Kids From Bama For Special Care
The victims are among those rescued by the military in continued operations against Boko Haram insurgents, who in the last six years have been attacking communities and killing and abducting residents.
Sixty-one critically malnourished infants have been hospitalized on the orders of Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima after he relocated 478 children and 219 adults, all of them malnourished due to two years of captivity in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents before they were rescued by the Nigerian military. The victims were moved from Bama to a special care unit in Maiduguri on Monday.
The 61 infants are now hospitalized at Umaru Shehu Specialist Hospital, owned by the State government in Maiduguri, and are undergoing medical treatment. They are part of the 478 children moved from Bama alongside 219 adults who were also malnourished. The adults consist of 196 women, some of whom gave birth to some of the 478 children. The rest of the adults are 23 men, looking thin.