By Raphael Mvogo and Liu Fang
YAOUNDE, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for respect to humanitarian workers in Central African Republic (CAR) after dozens were killed, including two humanitarian workers, in a new surge of armed conflicts last week.
Vincent Pouget, communication delegate of the ICRC in CAR, made the appeal in a telephone interview with Xinhua on Saturday.
"We deplore the killing of these two humanitarians. This event highlights the necessity of adequate security conditions to allow humanitarians to deliver assistance," Pouget said.
"In many cases, humanitarians are the only one who can reach people with health care. If they can not work, it means catastrophic consequences for those in need."
He said ICRC mobile medical teams evacuated 13 people badly injured in the armed conflicts in the North-west. "We are also talking with the authorities and all concerned parties, reminding them of their obligation to respect the people and the prisoners."
The ICRC has been working with the Central African Red Cross to alleviate the humanitarian consequences of violence against the people, particularly by providing health care, Pouget said.
Health care conditions have worsened in recent months as qualified personnel fled for capital Bangui, with ambulances damaged, health centers looted and equipment stolen.
The international aid agency has set up mobile clinics in the prefecture of Nana-Gribizi, where they have been providing services since last June, he said, adding during last four weeks, these mobile clinics completed about 6,200 consultations, delivering health care to people living far from district hospitals.
Pouget hoped that his agency's annual budget would increase next year to meet increasing needs, especially the needs for health care.
"We plan to provide support in terms of infrastructure and personnel for the prefectural hospital of Kaga-Bandoro, so that it could provide a health care of better quality. It is estimated that 134,000 people will benefit from this project. We also plan to reinforce the capacity of surgical services of the hospital of reference in Bangui," he said.