Myriam El Kholi, Deputy Head of Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Nigeria, revealed that no fewer than 1,500 deaths were recorded in 2017 from explosives, while 66 per cent of the deaths were civilians.
El Kholi has made this known on Tuesday at the Surgical Skills for Casualties of Armed Violence, Weapon Wounded Surgery Course in Abuja.
She said: “In the North-East where access to healthcare has not always been a strong point, the armed conflict has in some areas made it a near impossibility or a process wrought with challenges of security.
“The evolution of weapons and its use in the crises has also constituted a challenge to healthcare as hospitals have been shut down and staff evacuated in a bid to preserve life.
“This is why it is important that the available medical professionals are able to cope in an efficient and lifesaving manner with the stream of weapons wounded casualties coming in.”
“In the past 30 years, ICRC had worked in Nigeria within its mandate to protect and assist victims of armed conflict and violence.
“In the North-East, the desire to ensure that vulnerable populations have access to best healthcare, led ICRC to support 20 primary healthcare centres in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
“We also offer first aid training programmes that cut across 17 states in the North-East, Middle Belt and Niger Delta.”