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Doctors Without Borders pulls out from Zamfara State due to insecurity

Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, a charity organization that provides humanitarian medical care in conflict zones, is evacuating its staff from Zamfara State because of growing security risks.

The MSF said armed gangs have been attacking Zurmi town in Zamfara State since December 10, with some occurring dangerously close to a hospital supported by the humanitarian organization.

“Our team had to seek shelter in the hospital for a long time,” Adjide Hermann, MSF deputy field coordinator in Zurmi told the Nigerian press. “Only two days later, a second attack obliged the team to sleep in the security room inside the hospital.”

Hermann lamented that the insecurity has forced the organization to cut down its staff. “Some of the patients refuse to leave the hospital out of fear…and the staff who are still working at the hospital are afraid of what is going to happen next,” he added.

MSF said it has also suspended the provision of healthcare services to communities outside the town, leaving sick and wounded patients in dire need of healthcare.

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Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.

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