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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on attacks on health workers

New York, 11 February 2013

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the killings of three doctors from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, in north-eastern Nigeria, and of the health workers days earlier. The Secretary-General offers his sincere condolences to the families of all the victims.

Those killed were working selflessly to provide basic life-saving interventions to the most vulnerable people. Such attacks severely limit health workers’ access to the populations who need them most and could have devastating effects in the fight to improve the health of people everywhere.

These acts of outrageous violence towards health workers around the world are unacceptable. The Secretary-General encourages all countries to protect health workers so that they can continue to better the health of populations and save lives.

Statements on 11 February 2013