UN chief condemns killing of health workers in Nigeria

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

The killings of three doctors from North Korea in Nigeria and of health workers earlier have been strongly condemned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In a statement on Monday, he says those killed were working selflessly to provide basic life-saving interventions to the most vulnerable people.

According to reports, the North Korean doctors were hacked to death by machete on Saturday.

This happened after the killing of nine women who were vaccinating children against polio just days before.

Mr. Ban says 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 adds.

He encourages all countries to protect health workers so that they can continue to better the health of populations and save lives.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'01"

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