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1st April 2011, 07:03 AM
About 170 Ivorian refugees fleeing the post-election crisis in their country have arrived in the Dormaa Municipality and are being processed for their encampment near Berekum.

Mr. Emmanuel Laryeah Quaye, Deputy Municipal Immigration officer
for Dormaa, told the GNA that “the real number of Ivorians entering
the Dormaa Municipality may be more as some of the refugees are
alleged to be using unapproved routes.”

“Those registered are mainly women and children and seem to
belong to various classes of people in their society,” he said.
Mr laryea said the refugees had been temporarily accommodated by
the Catholic Church at Yawkrom, a farming community on the Ghana/Cote
D’Ivoire border and at the Dormaa Municipal Assembly premises where
they are being screened and registered.

He said the choice of an area near Berekum for the camping of the
refugees was to ensure that the refugees were kept far away from the
border to check possible incursions.

The Dormaa Municipal Health Directorate has set up a medical team
to administer daily health care to the refugees and has appealed to
all health facilities in the municipality to offer services to the
refugees and submit reports on their treatment.

The Municipal Health Director, Madam Florence Iddrisah, appealed
to the Municipal Assembly, the Immigration Service and the municipal
office of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to
take immediate steps to bring all refugees in the municipality under
one umbrella for the avoidance of any communicable diseases.

Mr. Oppong Tabiri, Catechist of Yawkrom Catholic Church and
headteacher of the local Junior High School told GNA at Yawkrom that
the number of refugees at Yawkrom kept increasing by the day with
their material demands shooting up.

He thanked the municipal assembly and NADMO for donating 10 bags
of rice, a bag of sugar, cartons of key soap, boxes of canned fish and
tomatoes, 30 litres of cooking oil and a quantity of toilet rolls
towards the temporary upkeep of the refugees at Yawkrom.

Source: gna