The Taliban militants have forced the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan to close 42 of 77 health facilities in central Miadan Wardak province.

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan in a statement said Taliban forced SCA to close 42 out of 77 health facilities in six out of nine districts of Wardak province so far.

The statement further added that the closure of health facilities affects an estimated number of over 5,700 patients on daily basis.

Sonny Mansson, SCA country director said “Forcing SCA to close health facilities hence denying people to receive medical treatment and health services is an obvious violation of human rights and international humanitarian law.”

Mansson further added “We demand immediate reopening of all health facilities for the people and we strongly urge all parties involved in conflict to refrain from such actions which deliberately puts civilian lives at risk.”

Meanwhile, the SCA statement added that the Taliban demand was given this weekend directly to SCA and its facilities in the area, following last week’s attack by ANSF forces the night between 8-9 July on a clinic in Tangi Saidan area of Daimirdad district, where four people were confirmed dead and one is still missing; the attack by ANSF was strongly condemned by the SCA*.

Furthermore, the Committee said SCA is in continuous contact with all parties in an attempt to reopen the health facilities in the Wardak province and we specifically urge Taliban leadership to agree on reopening of the health facilities with immediate effect.

According to SCA, the closing of mentioned health facilities affects 3,800 outpatient department, 1,100 children under five years of age, 620 visits to EPI (expanded program on immunization), 220 MCH patients (maternal and child health) and 100 IPD patients (in-patient department) per day.