5 polio vaccination employees shot lifeless in Afghanistan; UN condemns ‘brutal’ killings
5 well being employees finishing up a polio vaccination marketing campaign in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province have been killed on Tuesday, and 4 others injured, throughout a sequence of assaults condemned by a senior UN official on the bottom as brutal and “mindless”.
The UN humanitarian coordination workplace OCHA, mentioned the deaths and accidents occurred throughout 5 separate assaults on well being employees – the most recent in a latest spate which noticed three well being employees killed in March in the course of the nationwide polio vaccination effort in Nangahar.
Earlier this month, humanitarian employees with the Halo Belief demining group, got here below assault in northern Afghanistan, the place extremists from an ISIL affiliate killed ten and wounded greater than a dozen, in what the UN Safety Council described as an “atrocious and cowardly focused assault”.
The United Nations strongly condemns all assaults on well being employees anyplace. Supply of well being care is neutral assault in opposition to well being employees and people who defends them is an assault on kids, whose very lives they’re attempting to guard. @UNAMAnews@UNICEFAfg @WHOAfghanistan
— Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov (@RamizAlakbarov) June 15, 2021
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator within the nation, Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, mentioned that he was “appalled by the brutality of those killings” on Tuesday, including that “the mindless violence should cease”, urging Afghan authorities to deliver these accountable to justice.
He mentioned the nationwide marketing campaign which solely started on Monday, geared toward reaching practically 10 million under-fives, had been suspended within the jap area. “Polio immunization campaigns are an important an efficient solution to attain thousands and thousands of kids…Depriving kids from an assurance of a wholesome life, is inhumane.”
An assault on kids
“The UN strongly condemns all assaults on well being employees anyplace. The supply of healthcare is neutral, and any assault in opposition to well being employees and people who work to defend them, is an assault on the kids, whose very lives they’re attempting to guard”, he added.
The UN prolonged deepest condolences to the households, associates and colleagues of those that misplaced their lives, wishing the injured a full restoration.
Tedros ‘deeply saddened’
The pinnacle of the World Well being Group (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, tweeted that he was “deeply saddened” by the assaults, including that “entry to important well being service and immunization campaigns ought to be unimpeded in order that communities could be protected.”
In accordance with information studies, Afghanistan reported 56 new instances of polio final yr. However officers have reported that just one wild polio virus case has been detected within the nation since October final yr.