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Côte d'Ivoire - Red Cross steps up work in conflict zones

08-11-2002 News Release 02/45

With the agreement of the Ministry of Health, the ICRC has supplied 15 medical facilities in Bouaké, Korhogo, Ferké, Odienné and other rebel-held towns with stocks from Bouaké's central pharmacy.

Food has also been distributed to the medical staff remaining on the spot.

In Bouaké, the Red Cross has doubled the number of its mobile clinics. Four of its doctors are currently giving nearly 170 consultations a day in various neighbourhoods and the most serious cases are being transferred to hospitals.

Since the outbreak of the rebellion, the Ivorian Red Cross, in cooperation with the ICRC, has distributed 140 tonnes of food provided by the World Food Programme to various institutions sheltering vulnerable people in the conflict zones. Around 10,000 displaced persons living in 12 temporary reception centres in Abidjan, Yamoussoukro and western Côte d'Ivoire have also been given blankets, tarpaulins, mats, soap and other basic supplies. Finally, 25 medical facilities have received enough first-aid material to treat some 6,000 people for three months.