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Côte d'Ivoire: enhanced medical care for conflict victims

20-04-2011 News Release 11/95

Geneva/Abidjan (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire are stepping up their support for medical facilities in the country and are beginning to operate mobile clinics in Abidjan.

Recent fighting and other violence in Côte d'Ivoire have seriously disrupted access to medical care for tens of thousands of people. "Many hospitals and health-care centres that were looted and abandoned are now in urgent need of medicines, dressing materials and other medical items," said Popol Lobo Biduaya, who coordinates the ICRC's medical activities in the country.

In western Côte d'Ivoire, but also in Korhogo, Bouaké and Man in the north, and in San Pedro and Aboisso in the south, the ICRC has brought supplies to 17 hospitals over the past few days. The items include bandage kits, basic drugs and drugs for treating malaria, especially to prevent infection in pregnant women. A total of 30 kits, each of which contains enough basic drugs to treat 1,000 people for three months, have been distributed. Similar items will be delivered to several medical facilities in Abidjan later this week.

"Yesterday, two mobile clinics began entering Abidjan neighbourhoods to provide care for the sick and wounded," said Mr Lobo Biduaya. "Priority is given to displaced people in reception centres that have no health units, and to needy people in areas where health-care centres are under particularly severe strain." Each mobile clinic is staffed by a doctor, a nurse and an Ivorian Red Cross midwife.

Since 25 March, two mobile clinics have been delivering services throughout the Toulepleu, Bin Houyé and Zouan Hounien areas in western Côte d'Ivoire near the Liberian border. To date, they have conducted over 900 consultations and provided treatment for sick and wounded people.

In addition, the ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire are maintaining their emergency aid for displaced people and other conflict victims in the west of the country and in Abidjan. In particular, they are distributing food and other basic necessities, and helping displaced people obtain water and maintain proper hygiene.

See also: Clean drinking water for five million people

For further information, please contact:
Kelnor Panglungtshang, ICRC Abidjan, tel: +225 09 399 404
Steven Anderson, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 536 92 50


Photos

Headquarters of the Red Cross of Côte d’Ivoire, Plateau. First-aiders from the National Society insert stitches in the scalp of a person injured in the fighting. 

Headquarters of the Red Cross of Côte d’Ivoire, Plateau. First-aiders from the National Society insert stitches in the scalp of a person injured in the fighting.
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Côte d’Ivoire. Thanks to the Red Cross of Côte d’Ivoire, this woman was able to give birth under optimum conditions. 

Côte d’Ivoire. Thanks to the Red Cross of Côte d’Ivoire, this woman was able to give birth under optimum conditions.
© ICRC / v-p-ci-e-00240

lyclinique Internationale Sainte Anne-Marie (PISAM), Abidjan. A tanker pumps liquid oxygen into the hospital storage tank. 

Polyclinique Internationale Sainte Anne-Marie (PISAM), Abidjan. A tanker pumps liquid oxygen into the hospital storage tank. The Red Cross of Côte d’Ivoire has facilitated the escorting of 177 cylinders of oxygen and 5 000 litres of bulk liquid oxygen to Treichville and Cocody Hospitals, Hôtel Dieu, Avicennes and Indénié Clinics and the cardiology department of Treichville Hospital, providing enough oxygen for over 1100 patients.
© ICRC / v-p-ci-e-00238