A man threatened to detonate a grenade at a hospital in Iraq’s Dhi Qar governorate on Monday unless he was allowed to visit his ill father. The police said the man was drunk and that he claimed he was affiliated with a Popular Mobilization faction.
We have become accustomed to accusing someone of being drunk, taking drugs or suffering from a mental illness to explain abnormal behavior. Whether the man was drunk or not, the most important point is that attacks on healthcare institutions and doctors have increased, reaching a dangerous level that has gone as far as threatening to detonate a grenade. If security forces did not arrest the man on time, he would have carried out his threat leading to a real disaster that would have had dangerous repercussions on the healthcare system that’s already almost collapsed.
Storming healthcare facilities and carrying out armed attacks on healthcare providers has become a phenomenon; it happens on a weekly or monthly basis, and at times, daily. There have been many incidents when doctors and nurses were shot dead or injured or when they were threatened of being expelled from their tribes.
Storming healthcare facilities and carrying out armed attacks on healthcare providers has become a phenomenon; it happens on a weekly or monthly basis, and at times, dailyAdnan Hussein