Millions under threat in Ukraine as temperatures drop: WHO

Millions under threat in Ukraine as temperatures drop: WHO
Millions under threat in Ukraine as temperatures drop: WHO. Image: Yanosh Nemesh/

Damaged energy and health infrastructure across the country poses major challenge for the people of Ukraine this winter 

The World Health Organisation has announced that the lives of millions will be under major threat during this winter in Ukraine. According to a report by the BBC, the WHO has stated that over 703 attacks have taken place on Ukraine health infrastructure since the start of the war. Aside from this, over half of the country´s energy infrastructure has also been destroyed, which has left over 10 million people without electricity, the report said.  

“Put simply, this winter will be about survival,” Dr Hans Henri P Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe told a news conference in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, according to the report. Dr Kluge added, “Hundreds of hospitals and healthcare facilities were no longer fully operational, lacking fuel, water and electricity to meet basic needs, as a result of the attacks”.  

Dr Kluge also discussed how energy cuts due to the attacks have created a problem for the health infrastructure. “Maternity wards need incubators, blood banks need refrigerators and intensive care beds need ventilators, all these require energy”, said Dr Kluge.  

Russia bombed more energy plants and civilian buildings last week in one of the war’s deadliest aircraft bombardments, the report adds.

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