- UNFPA, in partnership with the federal ministry of women affairs and social development, says it continue to support the released Chibok girls
- A UNFPA official Johnson says the girls will be part of the rehabilitation programme that was set up for the 21 Chibok girls released in October 2016
- Johnson notes that the programme includes access to quality education to bridge the learning gap created during the abduction
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) on Monday, May 8, said health professionals have been deployed to assist the newly rescued Chibok girls.
NAIJ.com recalls that 82 Chibok girls were on Saturday, May 6 released by their BBoko Haram abductors based on an agreement reached by negotiators on behalf of Federal Government.
The girls are part of the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno state on April 14, 2014.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that UNFPA said it has provided an emergency team of psycho-social counselors for the girls.
The United Nations agency made this known through in a statement signed by its communications officer Lolade Johnson.
Johnson noted in Abuja that the UNFPA is in partnership with the federal ministry of women affairs and social development, would continue to support the girls.
She said: ''UNFPA continues to support women and girls who are victims of sexual and gender-based violence.
''Dignity kits consisting of culturally appropriate dresses and feminine hygiene supplies have been procured and will be distributed to help restore the dignity of the girls.”
''The girls would also be part of a similar rehabilitation programme that was set up for the 21 Chibok girls released in October 2016.
According to her, the programme is tailor-made to meet each girl’s peculiar needs of counselling to help overcome the trauma endured after being held in captivity for more than three years.
She said:: “The programme includes among others; access to quality education to bridge the learning gap created during the abduction.
''Access to reproductive healthcare for their sexual wellbeing and rehabilitation support, and a skills acquisition programme to ease their re-integration into the society.''
The UNFPA officer however, revealed that six out of every 10 girls were reported to have experienced a form of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) while the insurgency in the North-East of Nigeria lasted.
NAIJ.com gathered that many girls had limited access to sexual and reproductive healthcare.
Johnson stated:''UNFPA and partners have provided direct prevention and response services to 200,000 women and girl survivors or those at risk of GBV through its safe spaces and community outreach.
''Over 3.5 million survivors have been provided with sexual and reproductive health care services and psycho-social support and counselling.
''UNFPA remains committed to delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com gathered that the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Monday May 8 revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari said the release of the 82 Chibok girls boosted his health.
Osinbajo disclosed that Buhari made the comment when he received the girls in the presidential villa on Sunday night May 7.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video in which President Muhammadu Buhari on May 19, 2016 met with the rescued Chibok girl, Amina, at the Presidential Villa