The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 18 attacks on health facilities in Ukraine so far, Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.
So far, WHO has verified 18 attacks on health facilities, health workers and ambulances, including ten deaths and 16 injuries,” Tedros said in a press briefing.
“More than 2 million people have left Ukraine and WHO is helping neighboring countries to provide health care to refugees, most of whom are women and children. Some of the major health issues we see are hypothermia and frostbite, respiratory disease, lack of treatment for cardiovascular disease and cancer, and mental health issues. WHO staff and have been deployed to neighboring countries to provide mental health and psychosocial support.
Tedros said the organization had delivered 81 tons of supplies to the region and was working to set up a pipeline to get the supplies to health facilities.
“Yesterday we delivered 5 tonnes of medical supplies to Kyiv to support surgical care for 150 trauma patients and other supplies to manage a range of health conditions for 45,000 people for one month. More supplies will be distributed today,” he said.
Senior emergency officer Dr Adelheid Marschang said “remarkably” that surveillance for Covid-19 in the country remains in place and cases appear to be declining.
“We have to say that Ukraine has remarkably maintained its Covid-19 surveillance and response system. And we noted last week 731 deaths from Covid-19, the number of cases seems to be decreasing,” she said, noting that the organization is also monitoring the risk of the spread of measles and poliomyelitis in the crisis. .
“The reality is that the conditions we see in Ukraine are the worst possible ingredients for the amplification and spread of infectious disease,” said Dr Mike Ryan, director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s Covid, it doesn’t matter if it’s polio, it doesn’t matter if it’s measles, it doesn’t matter if it’s cholera. women and children huddled together, people in basements, people under stress, people not eating, not sleeping, these are the conditions in which immune systems are weak, people’s defenses are weak and the infectious diseases can tear populations like this apart,” Ryan said.
The only real solution to this situation is peace,” Tedros said.
“WHO continues to call on the Russian Federation to commit to a peaceful resolution of this crisis and to allow safe and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance for those in need. Peaceful resolution is possible, and that is true in all wars and humanitarian crises WHO responds to around the world,” the Director-General said.