Coronavirus: Iraqi women at risk as conservative families refuse treatment | Middle East Eye6 Aprile 2020
Doctors receiving death threats from relatives who refuse to leave women alone in hospitals for fear of ‘scandal’
The medical team had come to the modest one-storey home in the Basra suburb of Al Hayaniya to treat a woman infected with coronavirus.
Instead, they had a stand-off with her male relatives, all of it caught on tape.
“She is doing well. Her condition is getting better and, if you like, I can allow you to talk to her on the phone,” said Muthana al-Sudani, the woman’s brother-in-law, standing in his doorway.Coronavirus: Sudan’s doctors beaten by police after responding to pandemic
When the healthcare team refused to leave without seeing the woman, her husband, Ali al-Sudani, started shouting.
“Go back to the ambulance and leave now, otherwise I swear I will bring my gun and shoot you,” he said.