CSO Investigates Infection Of INGO Workers With HIV


A Civil Society Organization (CSO) in Borno State has said it is investigating allegation and revelation by a Borno State-based consultant and humanitarian, Mallam Yusuf Gulumbo that over 100 ladies who are working for some International non-governmental Organizations (INGOs) in the state are pregnant and have also been infested with HIV.
This was disclosed to newsmen, yesterday in Maiduguri by the Chairman, Civil Society Organisations in Borno State, Ambassador Ahmed Shehu.
Even though Shehu said the allegation which went viral on social media was a misrepresentation of the fact, he added that a camp manager whom the community reported the matter to, failed to report it to the appropriate body or CSO, to verify their claims, before speaking to the press.
Shehu said: “That is a misrepresentation of fact. The Civil Society are involved. We had a meeting with the International non-governmental Organizations (INGOs), the United Nation (UN). Even the person that broke the story was invited to address us, and he said it was reported to him by the community, that over 100 girls working with INGOs in the community have been pregnanted and infested with HIV.
“So, as a camp manager, he is expected to had reported the matter to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) or National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for investigation, but spoke to the press before it was blown out of proportion”, he added.
However, according to Mallam Yusuf Gulumbo, the Borno based consultant and humanitarian, on his Facebook post, the girls affected are said to be between 20 to 25 year old, and that an appeal was made to him by the community to use his office to prevent recruitment of unmarried ladies into the NGOs in a bid to curb the negative trend.