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Côte d'Ivoire: Access to drinking water restored in Bouaké

10-10-2002 News Release 02/41

On 2 October ICRC delegates met with representatives of the insurgents and spoke with them about the security guarantees needed if the ICRC were to be able to respond to the most urgent needs of those living in the conflict zones.

On 4 October members of the Ivorian Red Cross drove two trucks belonging to the national water board to Bouaké with the spare parts and chemicals required to get the water supply system running again for the inhabitants of Bouaké, Sakassou and 31 nearby villages.

The Ivorian Red Cross has also set up a system of mobile clinics so that the residents of the various districts of Bouaké can receive medical care and the most serious cases can be taken to the city's health facilities. Moreover, Red Cross volunteers are helping the national blood transfusion centre in Bouaké to collect blood.

The Ivorian Red Cross has 39 local committees in the country. Those in Yamoussoukro, Ferkessedougou and Korhogo have been particularly active in providing first aid for the victims of the current crisis.