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UNICEF Supports Relief Efforts with Medical and Nutrition Supplies

By Stanley Ove Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Funds (UNICEF) has estimated that about 270,000 people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance after the devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake last February.

Emergency Coordinator, Andreas Wuestenberg, said UNICEF is supporting the relief efforts with health and nutrition supplies.

“We are estimating that about 270,000 people are in need of assistance. They are in need of food, water and shelter,” Wuestenberg said.

UNICEF has continued its efforts in assisting and treating children that were affected by the earthquake.

“We are seeing a lot of children with trauma injuries. We just met a mother here who lost seven of her children and husband,” Wuestenberg said.

UNICEF is currently rolling out medical and nutrition supplies as well as providing safe spaces for women and children.

Meanwhile, the Government has also confirmed that some communities are yet to receive assistance, however, relief efforts continue with Australia making another contribution in funding towards restoration programs.

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