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UNICEF and WHO condemn attacks on healthworkers in Nigeria.

Joint WHO/UNICEF Statement
8 February 2013

New York/ GENEVA, 8 February 2013 - UNICEF and The World Health Organization (WHO) join the Government of Nigeria in condemning attacks in Kano state, Nigeria, that have killed and injured healthworkers.

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 healthworkers. 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