Militants kill doctors, ransack hospitals

Militants ransack hospitalsFrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE healthcare sector is bearing the brunt of conflict, with attacks on such facilities and workers reported in 23 countries in 2016.
According to children’s and health rights groups, these came in the form of bombing, killing of health workers, intimidation, obstruction takeover of facilities and blockages on workers.
In Africa, the Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab and Mozambique National Resistance are blamed for the violations.
Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan are among the worst affected by the militancy.
In Niger, Boko Haram destroyed a health post that served as the lone health facility for 20 000 people and averaged 400 consultations per week, killing six people and wounding eight.
In South Sudan, shelling hit the maternity wing of an International Medical Corps hospital within a protection site, interrupting the availability of medical services and humanitarian aid to the 50 000 people.
In CAR, members of a rebel group took some patients belonging to an ethnic minority group and killed them at the hospital entrance.
In Libya, patients have been targeted and attacked while being admitted to the hospital.
“The sheer number of countries and the intensity of attacks on health facilities, health workers, ambulances, and patients are staggering,” rights groups stated.
The disruptions are a violation of international law.
– CAJ News

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