Central African Republic's health system strained by violence

Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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BANGUI, Central African Republic, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The healthcare system in Central African Republic has nearly collapsed under the strain of simmering violence, an aid director said.

The rebel Seleka collation overthrew CAR President Francois Bozize in March.

Sylvain Groulx, head of the CAR mission for Doctors without Borders, told the United Nations' Integrated Regional Information Networks, known also by its initials IRIN, the nation's health system was failing under the strain of violence.

"Health structures have been looted, the few qualified personnel have fled, drug supply and logistic means are non-existent or paralyzed and even worse is the population which flees violence by seeking refuge in the bush [and] does not have any access to the most basic of health care," he said in an interview published Thursday.

Melanie Wissing, a director with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, told IRIN about 10 percent of the 4.6 million people in CAR were displaced by violence.

Interim Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye told the U.N. General Assembly last month the war-torn country was on the verge of collapse.

A United Nations resolution backed this week by former colonial power France outlines a new peacekeeping force in CAR and calls on the interim government to stick to plans for elections in early 2015.

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