Health clinics in Iraq face closure "within days", warns WHO

The health clinics are a lifeline for some of the more than three million displaced people in Iraq. Photo: UN Iraq

Dozens of life-saving clinics in Iraq are set to close within days unless US$60 million is found to keep them open, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

A total of 77 health facilities which provide the majority of medical care in conflict-affected areas are at risk as the month-end deadline approaches, the UN agency's Christian Lindmeier warned.

The WHO spokesperson told Daniel Johnson that the more than three million displaced people in Iraq desperately need medical help amid soaring summer temperatures as high as 50C and a rise in disease.

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