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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 14:50

WHO condemns violence on Health workers in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq, 26 February 2019 --- The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly condemns the recent attack on a medical practitioner who was physically assaulted while providing medical care to a critically ill 70-year old female in Azadi Teaching Hospital in Kirkuk Governorate on 18 February.


“WHO calls on the authorities in Iraq to ensure the safety of health workers, health facilities, and the sanctity of health care,” said Dr. Adham Rashad Ismail, Acting WHO Representative in Iraq. “Such attacks constitute a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law and deprive the most vulnerable population of children, women, and the elderly of their right to essential health services,” he added.
Health care workers and health facilities in Iraq have been under attack since the crisis escalated in June 2014. In 2018 alone, 42 attacks on health care were recorded by WHO in Iraq, of which 40% were against health workers.
As people in Iraq, including displaced populations, host communities and returnees continue to require essential, lifesaving, and trauma services, it is imperative that the government of Iraq ensures that health workers are allowed to work at all times without risk, regardless of location, and that patients and health facilities are protected.
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For more information, please contact:
- Ajyal Sultany, WHO Communications Officer, +964 7740 892 878, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,
- Pauline Ajello, WHO Communications Officer, +964 7510101460, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- Gheeda Al Mayahi, WHO Communications Officer, +964 7827 886 765, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Agency: WHO