They lost everything fleeing from Boko Haram. When some of them sought refuge in Cameroon, they were rejected and driven back.

The only place they could find refuge is being plagued by cholera and the group facing the gravest risks are the pregnant women among them.

This is why the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA is raising alarm that something must be done urgently.

UNFPA said violence from the Boko Haram crisis had disrupted health and sanitation systems and left 1.7 million people displaced in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

It said that after cholera broke out in August, many pregnant women in the camp and host communities face serious risk of infection.

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“The disease, which causes dangerous levels of dehydration, has put women – especially pregnant women – at particular risk.

“Cholera puts an enormous extra stress on the body of the pregnant woman and on the unborn baby,” said Dr Homsuk Swomen, a UNFPA reproductive health specialist in Maiduguri.

“Studies show that cholera infections during pregnancy can lead to sudden loss of the foetus, premature delivery, stillbirth and an increased mortality and morbidity, both for the baby and the mother.

“And due to the ongoing conflict, many pregnant women are malnourished, aggravating their vulnerability to cholera and the consequences if they fall sick,” he said.

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