The World Medical Association and Confederation of Medical Association of Asia and Oceania have condemned as “abhorrent” the killing of a Japanese doctor in Afghanistan.
Dr. Tetsu Nadkamura 73, who had devoted his career to improving the lives of Afghans, was shot by gunmen in an attack in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, later he succumbed to his injuries. His three security guards, his driver and a colleague were also killed in the attack.
Dr. Nakamura, headed a Japanese charity working to improve irrigation in the country. He had spent almost 30 years in Afghanistan and in October this year he was awarded honorary citizenship from the Afghan government for his humanitarian work.
Dr. Nakamura had been in Afghanistan since 1986 helping to construct wells and irrigation in villages where many suffered from cholera and other diseases because of a lack of clean water. In 2003, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award, widely regarded as the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
Last month at the 72nd anniversary function of the Japan Medical Association, of which he was a member, Dr. Nakamura was honoured with the Supreme Merit Award for his long term contribution to global health.
WMA President Dr. Miguel Jorge said: ‘I am appalled by this senseless attack on a man who has given his life to working for the betterment of humanity in Afghanistan. Attacks on healthcare personnel around the world are an outrage that must be stopped. Wherever they work, people delivering health care must be respected and protected. The world must speak up to condemn these atrocious acts.’
CMAAO President Dr K K Aggarwal said “all Asian countries are saddened by this act of cruelty. I was present in Japan when he was honoured last month. Attacks on doctors should be condemned jointly by all National Medical Associations and the culprits should be brought to task. ”
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