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UNICEF and WHO condemn attacks on health workers in Nigeria

Joint WHO/UNICEF Statement
8 February 2013

NEW YORK/GENEVA -- UNICEF and WHO join the Government of Nigeria in condemning attacks in Kano state, Nigeria, that have killed and injured health workers.

Such attacks are a double tragedy; for the health workers and their families and for the children and vulnerable populations who are robbed of basic life-saving health interventions. These attacks are unacceptable under any circumstance.

WHO and UNICEF extend their deepest sympathy to the families of the health workers. We remain committed to supporting the Government of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria in their efforts to better the health and lives of its people.

For further information please contact:

Tarik Jasarevic
Communications Officer, WHO
Telephone: +41 79 367 6214

Sarah Crowe
UNICEF Spokesperson
Telephone: +1 212 326 7206
Mobile: +1 646 209 1590

Peter Smerdon