ICRC sends humanitarian items to western Cote d'Ivoire

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday despatched 12 tons of humanitarian items to Man, western Cote d'Ivoire.

The items included drugs, as well as parts to repair a broken down water system and items meant to meet the most urgent needs of the populations affected by the armed conflict between forces loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and the man internationally recognised as the winner of last November's controversial presidential run-off election, Alassane Ouattara.

An ICRC statement said: "The drugs and medical material will be distributed... particularly in the hospitals and health centres in western Ivory Coast, then to Abidjan as soon as security improves there."

The ICRC head of delegation in Cote d'Ivoire, Mrs Dominique Liengme, said hospitals were overstretched and medical supplies were running critically low, adding that the staff sometimes worked without running water and electricity.

Humanitarian needs remained critical in western Cote d'Ivoire, as "the resident population and thousands of people displaced by the violence first need security, food, potable water and care", Mrs Liengme said.
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06 april 2011 22:07:43

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