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FHI 360 Successfully Opens Primary Health Clinic in Banki IDP Camp

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BANKI TOWN, BORNO STATE, NIGERIA – After two weeks of preparation, FHI 360 opened Banki Primary Healthcare Center on August 24th in the camp, currently hosting more than 50,000 IDPs. Through the Integrated Humanitarian Assistance to Northern Nigeria (IHANN) project, funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, FHI 360 is expanding coverage in WASH, Health, Protection and Nutrition to Banki IDP Camp. FHI 360 has completed renovations and delivered critical medical equipment, consumables and medications over the past weeks in preparation for opening the clinic.

A midwife takes patient’s blood pressure during an antenatal care visit

Since the opening, the clinic has been seeing more than 100 patients per day seeking consultations for communicable and non-communicable disease as well as reproductive healthcare. FHI 360’s current team of a doctor, two nurses, a midwife, a laboratory technician and a pharmacist are able to provide care and services that have been limited and unable to meet the needs of the growing IDP population.

“By opening this clinic, we are increasing access to care for tens of thousands of IDPs. As access increases, we will see a decrease in mortality and morbidity, especially with communicable diseases,” said Dr. Kibebu Berta, Health Coordinator for FHI 360.

Within one week of opening, the clinic received a patient who was diagnosed with an intestinal obstruction, a condition requiring emergency surgery for the patient to survive. In collaboration with the Nigerian military, FHI 360 was able to refer and safely transport the patient to the nearest MSF clinic in Mora, Cameroon to receive urgent care. Dr. Berta commented, “one of our first goals is to establish a referral system to handle incidents like this. Before the new primary healthcare center was here, a patient like this would not have been transported and would not have survived.”

A nurse assesses a patient before seeing the doctor

As the clinic continues to expand and receive more staff and equipment, the number of patients seen per day is expected to grow. FHI 360 is currently onboarding staff to start its Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) program. Nutrition stabilization centers will be set up within facilities FHI 360 supports in Banki, Dikwa and Ngala to treat cases of severe acute malnutrition with medical complications.

FHI 360’s clinical staff currently operating Banki Primary Healthcare Center

“I am proud of what our team has accomplished,” said Dr. Berta. “Now people who were previously not reached will have safe and quality access to healthcare professionals, lab services and essential medications. We are excited to keep growing to help more people in difficult to reach areas like Banki,” he concluded.

 

One response to “FHI 360 Successfully Opens Primary Health Clinic in Banki IDP Camp”

  1. Japheth says:

    Excellent team and good work , keep at it, the sky will not limit you.

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