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WHO deplores attacks on health workers and health facilities in Yemen

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By NY Staff

The World Health Organization published press statement on its official website says, it deplores the recent attacks on health staff and health facilities in Yemen and other countries. The statement expresses deep concern about the serious implications of these attacks on patients, medical personnel and health infrastructure.

In countries where violence is ongoing, repeated and targeted attacks on health care workers and health facilities have severe immediate and long-term consequences on health systems and result in even larger numbers of people continuing to suffer illness or injury without access to medical care.

“In the first month of 2015, incidents involving attacks on health care workers  and health facilities continue to be reported” said the statement. In 2014, the International Committee of the Red Cross released a report documenting more than 2300 incidents involving serious acts or threats of violence against health care workers in 23 countries or regions between January 2012 and July 2014. More than 90% of these incidents involve local health care providers. Attacks on or inside health care facilities represented 40% of all confirmed incidents. In many cases, hospitals and health centers were bombed, shot at or looted, which often resulted in extensive damage.

WHO reminds all parties in countries experiencing conflict of their ethical and legal obligations to protect medical services under international humanitarian law. The Organization calls on all parties and individuals to respect and protect the integrity of health systems, and assure the safety of patients, health workers and health care facilities. The Organization considers Yemen, Afghanistan and Sudan are the worse countries for attacking health workers and health facilities.