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Red Cross Aid Flight Delivers Medical Supplies to Mekelle

ADDIS ABABA -The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has made its first delivery of medical supplies since last September into Tigray, its official said on Wednesday.

ICRC’s announcement came a couple of days after the federal government decided to facilitate more flights to Mekelle to augment road transportation of essential supplies to the northern region.



“With the support and through the facilitation of the authorities, the urgently needed supplies, including essential drugs, arrived in Mekelle on Wednesday”, ICRC said in a statement issued today.

The medical supplies will be distributed to the region’s health facilities, according to ICRC.

“It is a huge relief that this first shipment is reaching hospitals,” said Apollo Barasa, health coordinator at the ICRC delegation in Ethiopia.

“This assistance is a lifeline for thousands of people, and I can’t emphasize enough how crucial it is that these deliveries continue,” Barasa added.



The International Committee of the Red Cross said it is planning organize other flights carrying medical assistance “in the coming days and weeks”, as well as sending a humanitarian convoy by road “as soon as security conditions allow”.

At the same time, the ICRC said it will continue to provide medical assistance to health facilities in the Amhara and Afar regions, where provision of health care has also been severely impacted by the conflict.

“Medical personnel in the north of Ethiopia work in extremely difficult conditions, responding to the urgent needs of the people,” Barasa said.

 

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