Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has banned the reception of visitors to all internally displaced (IDPs) camps in the state, according to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
SEMA also announced that it is cooperating with the state government to create isolation centers in the 22 IDP camps in the state.
SEMA leader in Borno, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo called this Wednesday during a meeting with the 51 camp officials in Maiduguri, the state capital.
The government's decision, she added, is one of the strategies to prevent the import of the COVID-19 virus into IDP camps.
Kolo said the decision to ban visitors to IDP camps was necessary as neighboring countries – the Chad Republic and Cameroon – have already registered suspected cases.
She further instructed all camp managers from Gamboru-Ngala, Damasak, Kalabalge, Banki, Bama and Monguno not to accept IDPs from any neighboring country in their camps.
Seven IDP camps are located in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, while the others are scattered across other local government agencies.
According to SEMA, the population of the camps is a total of 1,163,334 men, women and children.