NAIROBI, May 7, 2003 -The United Nation’s Children’s Fund has today made a donation of relief items for flood victims in Western Kenya worth $ 17,500 (Kenya Shillings 1,312,500). The donation made to the Government of Kenya includes life-saving oral redydration salts, drugs for cholera, intra-venous fluids, de-worming syrups, 5000 mosquito nets and 100 cooking sets. An earlier consignment of 400 cooking sets has already been delivered. These items will benefit the residents of the areas identified as critical, which include Budalangi (Busia), Nyando, Kisumu, Rachuonyo, Baringo and Nyatike (Migori).
"In any emergency situation, children are the most vulnerable, said UNICEF's Project Officer in charge of Nutrition, Maniza Zaman."UNICEF’s key concern at present is to prevent avoidable deaths and illness among the many children affected in these areas", she added. We are closely monitoring the nutritional and health status of the flood-affected children and are in the process of planning for a subsequent deployment of relief items," Zaman said.
The drugs will be used to treat diarrhoeal diseases, water-borne diseases and malaria. The items will be airlifted to the most needy areas immediately, through the coordination of Kenya Red Cross and Disaster Operations Centre, Office of the President.
The donations were made following a coordinated effort, led by the Office of the President, to identify critical needs in the affected areas. A UNICEF technical officer is part of the donor/ NGO/government mission, that is currently in the affected districts.
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