WHO warns of increasing attacks on health facilities in Libya

World Health Organization

5 February
2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of increasing attacks
on health facilities
and workers in both frequency and scale. WHO has
documented more than 41 attacks targeting health workers and facilities
throughout 2018–2019 across the country. These attacks resulted in 6 health
workers and patients killed and 25 health workers injured. An additional seven
health workers were also assaulted during this period.

According to
a Press release, “As the fighting across the country continues, the number of
health facilities destroyed or damaged by attacks is increasing, depriving
thousands of people in need of urgent and essential health care. In Libya,
almost 75% of health facilities are closed or only partially functioning due to
the ongoing political crisis, and there is a severe shortage of health staff.
Increasing attacks on health care deprive thousands of people of health
services and further weaken the health system.”

“WHO once
again demands that all parties in the conflict respect the safety of health
workers, health facilities and medical supplies, and the overall sanctity of
health care. The pattern of attacks indicates that health care is being
deliberately targeted in the conflict area – this is a major violation of
International Humanitarian Law and a tragic disregard of our common humanity.
Such attacks are an outrage that put many more lives in danger in Libya and
deprive the most vulnerable, including children and pregnant women, of their
right to health services, just at the time when they need them most,” Dr Jaffar
Hussein, WHO Representative and head of the mission said.

क्या यह ख़बर/ लेख आपको पसंद आया ? कृपया कमेंट बॉक्स में कमेंट भी करें और शेयर भी करें ताकि ज्यादा लोगों तक बात पहुंचे

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