Delivery of WHO medical supplies delayed over security concerns

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The security situation in the Central African Republic is delaying much needed medical supplies.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says some 2.6 tons of medical supplies it received last week are still at the Bangui airport awaiting handover to health partners that operate health facilities in the capital city because of the security situation.

The supplies include medicines to treat large numbers of wounded people in the latest surge of violence in the Central African Republic.

On Wednesday, WHO visited one of the suggested beneficiaries, Hospital Amitie that was looted earlier this month. The visit was part of three-day UN assessment of humanitarian needs in Bangui.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 214,000 people are internally displaced in the capital city alone.

The health sector response led by WHO is in need of 39 million USD to respond to the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis in the next 100 days with focus on: the immediate provision of supplies for trauma care and surgery for the injured; restoration of basic and emergency health services, including hospital services; continued provision of medicines and medical supplies; disease surveillance, and prevention and control of infectious diseases; overall health response coordination, including increasing the geographical coverage of a basic package of health care services.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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