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Health conditions on Tunisian-Libyan border may cause epidemics

Published the:  03/03/2011

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March. 3, 2011 - TAP - "Health conditions on the Tunisian-Libyan border may cause epidemics," said Dr. Eric Laroche, World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director General for Health Action in Crisis.
During a news conference held on Thursday in Tunis, Mr. Laroche also said humanitarian corridors have been set up to send medicines and strengthen local logistics means.
Dr. Laroche also said that although it is "a bit difficult", the possibility for European countries to send airplanes and ships to contribute to the repatriation of refugees is not excluded.
Describing the situation on the Tunisian-Libyan border, he noted that shelters are full of refugees, many of whom are obliged to sleep on the ground.
Some of them suffer from diarrhea, influenza or respiratory illness.
Describing as "unique and remarkable" the solidarity of the Tunisian Civil Society with the refugees, he also paid tribute to the efforts of the National Army, the Public Health Department and the Tunisian Red Crescent to evacuate these persons.
For his part, Dr. Stefano Lazzari, WHO Representative in Tunisia said emergency measures were taken after a review meeting held with the Public Health Department on means available on the Tunisian-Libyan border.
These measures, he added, include the establishment of an early warning system to detect potential epidemics and strengthen the communication network on the spot, in co-ordination with the "Shock Room" of the Health Department.