WHO supports medical services in Afghan city hit by air strikes

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A medical team mobilized by the Afghan Public Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) has arrived in the city of Kunduz, the UN agency reported on Tuesday.

Kunduz is located in northern Afghanistan and drew global attention following a deadly air strike this weekend on a medical facility run by the aid group Médecins Sans Frontières.

The city has seen fierce fighting between the Taliban and government troops, who are backed by an international coalition.

Dianne Penn reports.

The medical team arrived in Kunduz on Monday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Afghanistan.

A group of doctors, nurses, anaesthesiologists, and surgeons went to the military hospital and are providing services there.

WHO is also assisting the Afghan Health Ministry in getting medical supplies and equipment to the regional hospital in Kunduz.

The partners are also planning to establish a temporary health facility in the city; a decision that will be made by the team on the ground.

WHO says providing adequate health services to Kunduz is a priority, as is meeting the health needs of a growing group of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the city.

Conflict has displaced more than 8,000 families, according to the UN agency.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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