ICRC denounces attack on MRH in Kandahar
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has condemned militants attack on Mirwais Regional Hospital (MRH) in southern Kandahar which took place on Monday that left two people dead and three others injured, said a statement from ICRC on Tuesday.
‘Medical facilities, first aid posts, clinics or hospitals, are places where the sick and injured go to be cured, not to be put at risk,’ said Monica Zanarelli, the head of ICRC delegation in Afghanistan.
Health facilities, medical staff, patients and transport being used for medical purposes are protected under international humanitarian law. All those in need of treatment, be it a mother about to give birth, someone with a chronic illness or a wounded combatant must be allowed safe, timely and unimpeded access to health services and medical care, the statement read.
‘This incident is not an isolated case. Over the past year there have been dozens of occasions in which patients and staff have been put in harm’s way, and even killed.
Medical facilities have been attacked and drivers transporting the sick or wounded to hospital threatened or worse,’ said Monica Zanarelli.
In yesterday’s incident the casualties were low. But it could very easily have been worse
Mirwais, which is the largest hospital in southern Afghanistan run by the Ministry of public health provides comprehensive medical care and a lifeline for more than four million people. It has been supported by the ICRC with medical supplies, equipment and staff training for the past 20 years.
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