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ICRC set to enter Nagaland
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 4 Aug. 2009 1:10 AM IST
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If all goes well, the International Committee of Red Cross would start its branch in Nagaland with certain programs in the health sector to help the needy people, starting from next year. ICRC deputy head of regional delegation, Yahia Alibi who has been in the state on invitation from the IRC Nagaland Branch since July 27 last along with a team of ICRC members to assess the various needs of the people in the state revealed this while talking to media persons at Red Cross building Kohima Monday. Starting from 2010, ICRC would come out with programs for Nagaland to enhance the Nagaland Branch of IRC and also help the needy people. Normally, reports or project proposal for ICRC is made to its head office in Geneva by the latter part of August every year. In this regard, the ICRC delegation and Nagaland branch of IRCS together are working hard to assess the areas where the ICRC could intervene. ICRC could extend support materially or financially to help the needy people, Alibi said and expressed hope that the ICRC would soon have a branch office in Nagaland in the next few years time. On the experience and finding of the ICRC delegation during their brief stay in the state, Alibi said that it had come across three main problems in the health sectors in the state. He identified those problems as; lack of skilled medical personnel in the various health care centres in remote areas, lack of infrastructures in the health centre including PHCs and CHCs and lack of sanitation water which breed Malaria. Alibi said the ICRC delegation was made to understand that the problem of lack of skilled medical personnel in remote areas was due to improper facilities for the staffs at their places of posting. The delegation of the ICRC led by its deputy head of regional delegation Yahia Alibi also included Alexis Heeb, deputy protection coordinator; Dr. Luc Frejacques, medical doctor; Jean Guittet, Watab delegate and Sahadeo Rawoot, cooperation field officer. The delegation had visited various health care centres in different parts of the state including Peren, Mokokchung and Wokha apart from Kohima during their few days stay in the state. The delegation is scheduled to leave the state tomorrow. However, another member Cecile Coudeyras, head of physical rehabilitation project ICRC would be arriving in the state tomorrow for a five-day visit. The 150 year old ICRC had set up its regional delegation office at Delhi in 1982 which is looking after India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Presently, the ICRC had undertaken projects in Jammu Kashmir, Assam and is entering Maoist infested Chhattisgarh state soon.

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