UN: UN humanitarian agency says violence in CAR halts health services

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday said more than three years of violence have dismantled the already very fragile health structures in the Central African Republic (CAR).

OCHA, in an update on humanitarian issues in CAR issued in New York, said that development has brought the government service delivery capacity to a complete stop, leaving thousands of people vulnerable to diseases and with little access to health services.

It said that access to health is very poor throughout the country, except in the capital Bangui, and insecurity also impedes or delays responses elsewhere.

It disclosed that currently one million people are assisted by 31 health cluster partners, including non-government organizations and UN agencies, while aid agencies use mobile services to help thousands of displaced in areas not covered by CAR's Ministry of Health's basic facilities.

"Preventive activities, primary and secondary health care, all functional referral hospitals, early warning mechanisms and rapid outbreak response capacity and psycho-social support remain essentially reliant on humanitarian actors," OCHA said.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 9May2016

09 may 2016 14:26:58

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