Is Nigeria prepared and ready to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in its conflict-affected northeastern states?

Int J Equity Health. 2020 May 27;19(1):77. doi: 10.1186/s12939-020-01192-6.


Northeastern Nigeria has over the decade suffered from the Boko Haram insurgency and is still in the process of recovery from the complex humanitarian crisis that has displaced and subjected millions of vulnerable children, women and elderly population to poverty, disease outbreaks, hunger and malnutrition. Yet, the conflict-affected states in Northeastern Nigeria is not far away from being the worse-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic if urgent public health preventive measures are not taken to contain the spread of the deadly and highly infectious virus. The question arises, "what is Nigeria doing to tackle the burden of a COVID-19 spread and an ongoing humanitarian crisis?

Keywords: COVID-19; Humanitarian crisis; Internally displaced persons (IDPs); Northeastern Nigeria.

MeSH terms

  • Armed Conflicts*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Nigeria / epidemiology
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control*
  • Refugees
  • Relief Work