Lives of millions of Ukrainians at risk this winter, WHO warns

Millions of Ukrainians will see their lives threatened this winter after a series of devastating Russian strikes on the country’s infrastructure, the World Health Organization warned on Monday (November 21st).

“This winter will endanger the lives of millions of people in Ukraine”WHO regional director for Europe Hans Kluge told reporters. “To put it simply, this winter will be about survival”.

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Damage to Ukrainian energy infrastructure “are already having devastating effects on the health system and on the health of the population”added Hans Kluge.

Hospitals will no longer be operational

According to him, the WHO has recorded more than 700 attacks on Ukrainian health facilities since the start of the Russian invasion in February, which he says constitutes “a manifest violation” international humanitarian law.

It means that “hundreds of hospitals and health facilities are no longer fully operational”did he declare. “We expect two to three million more people to leave their homes in search of warmth and safety. »

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“They will face significant health issues, including respiratory infections such as Covid-19, pneumonia, influenza and a serious risk of diphtheria and measles in an under-vaccinated population”added Hans Kluge.

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