Red Cross 'concerned' about deteriorating ICoast situation

30th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The international Red Cross said Thursday that it was "deeply concerned" about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ivory Coast, noting that it has treated 590 wounded people over the past month.

"With support from the ICRC, Ivorian Red Cross first-aid workers have treated 590 wounded people throughout the country since 26 November," said the International Committee of the Red Cross in a statement.

"In about half of these cases they transferred the patients to medical facilities with serious injuries," it said.

"The ICRC is deeply concerned by the current situation.

"In view of the deteriorating humanitarian situation, the ICRC has stepped up its activities conducted for those arrested, injured and displaced, and for refugees in neighbouring countries," said the agency.

The relief agency said it has provided wound-dressing kits to 10 medical institutions, which were running short of material due to the numbers of wounded.

It has also transported 150 blood bags to some hospitals, following a request from the national blood transfusion centre.

In addition, relief workers have distributed items such as tarpaulins, sanitary material and kitchen kits to some 2,700 people displaced in the west and centre-west of the country.

The ICRC has also visited over 300 people who had been detained in various facilities, as well as made 150 telephone calls to inform families about the situation of their detained relatives.

In neighbouring countries, relief workers have helped refugees to contact their family members by telephone.

Earlier Thursday, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies appealed for 1.39 million dollars (1.06 million euros) to help countries neighbouring Ivory Coast to provide aid to Ivorians fleeing from political deadlock in their homeland.

The IFRC said it needed the funds to help local units of Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ghana, Liberia and Mali to "strengthen their relief efforts and preparedness measures to assist people fleeing the political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire."

© 2010 AFP

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