People left with few healthcare options as Tigray health facilities are looted and destroyed

About 70% of 106 health facilities MSF teams visited were looted, 30% damaged & just 13% functioning normally in Tigray By Angela Makamure Health facilities across Ethiopia’s Tigray region have been looted, vandalised and destroyed in a deliberate and widespread attack on healthcare, according to teams from international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Of 106 health facilities visited by MSF teams between mid-December and early March, nearly 70 per cent had been looted and more than 30 percent had been damaged; just 13 per cent were functioning normally.In some health facilities across Tigray, the looting of health facilities continues, according to MSF teams. While some looting may have been opportunistic, health facilities in most areas appear to have been deliberately vandalised to make them non-functional. In many health centers, such as in Debre Abay and May Kuhli in the North-West, teams found destroyed equipment, smashed doors and windows, and medicine and patient files scattered across floors. In Adwa hospital in central Tigray, medical equipment, including ultrasound machines and monitors, had been deliberately smashed.

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