Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 June 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / 8th edition of UNOCI days / 500 people benefit from free medical treatment




Côte d’Ivoire / 8th edition of UNOCI days / 500 people benefit from free medical treatment


ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, June 4, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Five hundred people received free medical consultation and treatment on Wednesday, 2 June 2010, provided by the Pakistani battalion of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) in Brobo, about 20 km from Bouake. The consultations marked the start of UNOCI Days.


The first person to consult the head of the medical team, Captain Zeefhan Ul Haslhin, was the deputy prefect of Brobo, Djanbe Lorgn, who described the initiative as UNOCI’s way of saying ‘No to suffering!’ “Due to a lack of financial means, the population suffers. The health centre regularly runs out of stock. So this initiative is highly appreciated,” he said.


According to Dr.Ul Haslhin, illnesses treated included migraines and abdominal and muscular pains. “We encountered two serious cases which were evacuated to the health centre,” he said.


The UNOCI delegation led by Sector East Regional Coordinator, Alassane Fall, visited administrative and traditional authorities to explain the aim of UNOCI Days. “Our objective is to mobilize the people towards peace and we can achieve this,” he explained.


UNOCI spokesperson, Hamadoun Toure, for his part, explained the concept of the UNOCI Days. “It involves getting closer to the people in order to better understand their expectations and to enlighten them on the mandate and activities of UNOCI,” he said.


The leader of the traditional chiefs, King Nanan Aka Brou II, promised to help make the programme a total success.


The first part of UNOCI Days in Brobo, also included workshops with traditional chiefs, women, youths and the media, on how they can contribute to creating a peaceful electoral environment.


The result of their deliberations and recommendations will be presented today, Thursday, in a forum with the population – an important part of UNOCI Days. The event has already been organised in Vavoua, Hire, Bocanda, Zouan Hounien, Akoupe , Tieme and Ouangolodougou.


Brobo, which previously formed part of the former Zone of Confidence – an area separating the ex-belligerent forces, which was monitored by the Impartial Forces – is one of three prefectures of Bouake. The other two are Bouake central and Djebonoua.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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