At least 75 dead in attacks on health facilities in Ukraine
At least 75 people have been killed and 54 injured in attacks on Ukrainian health facilities and personnel since Russia began its unprovoked invasion, World Health Organization data showed this week.
The big picture: WHO has verified more than 190 attacks on Ukrainian health care since February 24.
- WHO mentioned in March, that one of the attacks targeted a children’s hospital in Mariupol, which also housed a maternity ward.
What they say : “As children and families seek safety, the medical services they rely on must be protected,” the WHO in Ukraine said May 5.
- “The disruption to health services across Ukraine has been catastrophic, compounded by displacement and the fact that millions of people remain stranded in conflict zones unable to move,” said the WHO director general. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. said at a pledging conference for Ukraine this week.
- “This seriously endangers health workers, carers, services and infrastructure, as well as the health of millions of health workers,” he added.
- “But worse than disruptions to health services are attacks on health care. Let’s be clear, attacks on health are a violation of international humanitarian law. This is completely unacceptable.”
Enlarge: People too sick to leave Ukrainian hospitals have taken refuge in beds and on mattresses in hospital basements, despite evacuation orders in the country, reports Tina Reed of Axios.
- Healthcare facilities across the country are seeing an influx of new patients. There are fears that diseases like COVID-19 could spread as a result, The Washington Post reported in early March.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information from the WHO.