WHO Director Hans Kluge reported that there have been hundreds of attacks on Ukrainian healthcare facilities since the beginning of the war. The onset of winter worsened the supply situation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded more than 700 attacks on the country’s health infrastructure since the start of the Russian war in Ukraine. “This is a violation of international humanitarian law and the rules of war,” WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge said in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Monday.
Ukraine: There is a shortage of water, fuel and electricity
As a result, hundreds of hospitals and healthcare facilities are no longer fully functional due to fuel, water and power cuts, Kluge reports. The main reason for this is Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s energy system.
Kluge said the Ukrainian people are facing a “life-threatening barracks”. Hundreds of thousands of houses and apartments, schools and hospitals are not heated.
WHO director: ‘Cold weather can kill’
Ten million people are without electricity. Given the approaching winter and temperatures dropping as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius, this poses a dramatic health risk.
“Cold weather can be deadly,” Kluge said. There is no threat of a respiratory infection like Covid-19, for which a large part of the population is not sufficiently immune. There is also a health risk as “desperate families try to stay warm” and resort to alternative heating methods with coal or wood, or the use of generators.
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