Thousands in Ukraine suffer from complex war-related injuries, WHO says

LONDON (Reuters) – Thousands of people in Ukraine have suffered complex war-related injuries and need rehabilitation services and equipment to help them, a senior World Health Organization official said on Tuesday ( WHO).
Attacks on health facilities, dwindling numbers of health workers due to displacement and power shortages were making it difficult to access care, said Dr Satish Mishra of the WHO Regional Office for Health. Europe, during a press conference.
Even before the war, in 2019, around half of Ukraine’s population could have benefited from rehabilitation services for non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, said Dr Cathal Morgan, another WHO official. .
Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic and war have greatly increased the need for rehabilitation services, he added. “Hence the need for urgency.”
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special military operation” and says it does not target civilians.


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