Monday, 23 June 2014 08:33

UNAMI and WHO condemn attacks on health facilities in Iraq

Baghdad, 22 June 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) strongly condemn the attacks on health facilities in Iraq and express concern about their serious implications on medical personnel, patients and health infrastructure.

 

Two hospitals in and around Mosul in Northern Iraq have been damaged as a result of heavy shelling. These hospitals are located in areas where violence is on-going and where people need urgent access to health services.  Earlier this week, Médecins Sans Frontières reported that its clinic in Tikrit was severely damaged as a result of the shelling of the city, preventing the provision of medical care to approximately 40,000 people displaced by the conflict. 

“In times of crisis, it is vital that health facilities continue to function and medical staff are allowed to safely provide medical care to patients”, Dr. Jacqueline Badcock, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General / Humanitarian Coordinator / Resident Coordinator said. 

WHO Representative in Iraq, Dr. Hussain Syed Jaffar, emphasized obligations under international humanitarian law and Geneva conventions for the protection of civilians, health facilities and health professionals during conflict. “Health facilities must be treated as neutral premises and never be exploited for military purposes”, he stressed, calling on all parties involved in the conflict to take the necessary measures to ensure protection for health personnel, patients, and facilities and that patients are guaranteed their basic right to health without further endangerment to their lives. 

 

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