Ukraine.  WHO: This winter will put millions of lives at risk, hundreds of hospitals and healthcare facilities are no longer fully operational

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coming winter will threaten the lives of millions of people in the country due to Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. “In simple words, this winter will be about survival,” Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, said Monday.

– This winter will threaten the lives of millions of people in Ukraine said Hans Kluge, Regional Director Who is the to Europe. “Honestly, this winter is going to be about survival,” he added.

Kluge stressed that the destruction of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure “is already having a devastating effect on the health care system and the health of the population.”

Svetlana and Leonid repair the window of a destroyed house in the Kherson region, and they returned to it (November 20, 2022)PAP / EPA / OLEG PETRASYUK

WHO: We expect two to three million people to leave their homes

He explained that the World Health Organization had recorded more than 700 attacks on Ukrainian healthcare facilities since the start of the Russian invasion, which he said was a “clear violation” of international humanitarian law.

This means that hundreds of hospitals and healthcare facilities are no longer operating at full capacity. We expect two to three million people to leave their homes in search of warmth and safety.

– They will face serious health problems, including respiratory infections such as COVID-19Kluge added that pneumonia and influenza, and in the absence of adequate vaccination, there is a serious risk of contracting diphtheria and measles.

Main image source: PAP / EPA / OLEG PETRASYUK

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