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Attacks on Ukrainian hospitals, ambulances increasing rapidly, WHO warns

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In recent days, the number of attacks on hospitals, ambulances, and other healthcare institutions has grown dramatically in Ukraine, and the nation is running low on critical medical supplies, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, at least nine people have died in 16 strikes on healthcare institutions, according to a United Nations body reported on Monday. It didn’t identify who was to blame for the incident.

Catherine Smallwood, the World Health Organization’s top emergency officer for Europe, said at a press conference that the total includes cases in which ambulances were hijacked for reasons other than emergency medical treatment.

“We’ll keep those figures up to current as time goes on. They’ve been growing at an alarming rate over the last several days “Smallwood expressed himself.

The organization is striving to expedite the delivery of medical supplies to Ukraine, where supplies of oxygen, insulin, personal protective equipment, surgical items, and blood products are running short, according to Hans Kluge, the agency’s Europe regional director, during a briefing.

The provision of oxygen, children’s immunizations, particularly against polio in the event of an epidemic, and mental health professionals are among the top concerns for the WHO in the area, according to him.

Similarly, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said that countries bordering Ukraine that are hosting Ukrainian refugees should include them in their vaccination campaigns against a variety of illnesses.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), they should prioritize vaccination against COVID-19 and polio, as well as against measles, since current inoculation coverage is inadequate to avoid measles outbreaks.

In addition, the organization said that “crowding in bomb shelters and reception centers might encourage the beginnings of a measles epidemic, especially when spring corresponds with the naturally occurring seasonality of the illness.”

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