MoPH backs independent probe into hospital airstrike
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday supported calls for a thorough and impartial investigation by an independent team into the airstrike on the MSF hospital in Kunduz province.
The raid, which killed and injured a number of MSF staff and patients, had put in jeopardy health and surgical work of international and local personnel, the ministry regretted.
In a statement, the ministry said workers no longer felt safe in any health facility anywhere in the country in the wake of the aerial bombing. Some foreign health groups are worried about the risks of staying in the country.
It added: “The Ministry of Public Health relies heavily on, and is very grateful for, the presence of international and local health organisations. NGOs in particular, are doing an invaluable job in provision of health services.”
Without support from medical charities, the ministry acknowledged, millions of Afghans would suffer from persistent ill-health and mortality rates among women and children would go up.
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