UN calls to respect right to health in Syria

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Friday 8 April 2016 | 3:48 PM Damascus Time

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  • UN calls to respect right to health in Syria

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    To mark the World Health Day, the United Nations called to fully respect the right of all to health, the deputy UN spokesman, Farhan Haq, said Thursday.

    "Access to healthcare and medical treatment is a fundamental human right protected under international law," Haq said at a daily news briefing.

    "Despite the recent arrival of aid convoys to a number of areas, certain life-saving medicines and supplies, including surgical items, continue to be removed from convoys by the authorities," he said. "This practice continues to lead to unnecessary suffering and loss of life," Sina reported.

    More than 80,000 treatments have been excluded or removed from convoys in 2016, the vast majority by the Assad regime.

    "The United Nations calls on all parties to the conflict, particularly the Assad regime, to allow for all necessary medical items and equipment, including surgical items, to be allowed onto the convoys," he said, English.news.cnreported.

    "The UN calls for unconditional, unimpeded and sustained access to all the 4.6 million people in besieged and hard-to-reach locations across Syria," he added.

    The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7, under the sponsorship of WHO, China.org.cn reported.

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