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UAE RCS distributes relief supplies in drought-hit Kenya

posted on 08/04/2006: 674 views



Mandera - The UAE Red Crescent Society has distributed here today tons of relief supplies to drought victims in the Neobi area, in north eastern Kenya. The ongoing humanitarian campaign carried out by the UAE RCS is in line with the directives upon directives from President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the by the continuous follow up of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of UAE Red Crescent Society.



Relief dispatches were sent to the affected area by air, land and sea to help save thousands of lives in the famine-hit Kenya.



The UAE RCS delegation which is headed by Dr Saleh Mousa Al Taei toured Neobi area which has an all-Muslim population of 3000 people who are in dire need of food supplies, medicine and drinking water.



The UAE delegation's visit to Neobi highlighted many humanitarian issues facing the local population, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the UAE RCS stated. The delegation visited the Central Hospital of Mandera region.



The hospital is without services, has no ambulance vehicles and is short of medicines and medical equipment and beds, Shaikh Omar Mukhtar, General manager of the hospital said. The hospital has no beds at all and all patients are forced to sleep on the floor, he added.



Children in particular suffer from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and anaemia and are forced to drink water from swamps and pools riddled by dead animals.



Al Taei called on all UAE hospitals and drug companies and factories to donate as soon as possible medicines to help save the lives of thousands of children and mothers who have been displaced by famine, drought and thirst. In a meeting attended by representatives of UNICEF and the Kenyan Ministry of Health, the UAE delegation was briefed by Governor of Mandera Region Mohammed Jeljo about the humanitarian disaster in the region, where rainfall has stopped 3 years ago and all animals has expired.



Jeljo lauded the humanitarian philanthropic role played by the UAE RCS and its Chairman Sheikh Hamdan who ordered the immediate dispatching of 160 tons of relief supplies to affected areas. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)



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