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Healthcare in Afghanistan: ‘doctors are threatened at gunpoint, even by civilians’

Doctors, nurses and their families are routinely attacked, disrupting the delivery of medical care and putting the healthcare system in danger of collapse It’s dangerous to be a doctor in Afghanistan. This is what the staff deal with most days at a hospital in the country’s north-west: physical attacks by patients’ relatives; gun-wielding soldiers inside the wards; and verbal assaults and threats of bodily harm against doctors and nurses who are only trying to help.
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