War denies S. Sudan thousands medical attention
While medical-humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Medicins San Frontiers (MSF), continues to treat 60 000 patients per month across the country, ongoing insecurity is causing a significant decline in access to healthcare for tens of thousands more people.
In recent weeks, fighting around Wau, Leer and parts of the Equatorias in South Sudan has affected their ability to access much needed medical and humanitarian assistance.
For many, the ongoing violence and risk of attack means that they are often too afraid to seek help.
In addition, the recent surge in fighting has led to a number of nongovernmental organisations reducing their staff and projects or even evacuating completely.
After 35 years in South Sudan, MSF said it observed a deterioration of respect for international humanitarian law and the protections it affords the population, medical facilities and its freedom to operate unhindered
Two MSF clinics were destroyed during the fighting in Greater Upper Nile region four weeks ago, with the violence forcing the population to flee and leaving the area without any access to a medical clinic or hospital.
The medical organization said given the need for people to access healthcare and humanitarian support, all parties must ensure the free movement of civilians and access for humanitarian organisations to those affected.
“At present, the levels of access to humanitarian assistance including healthcare, food, water and shelter is near non-existent in some of the worst-affected areas.”
Civil strife has beset South Sudan since independence from Sudan in 2011.
– CAJ News
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