“It is clear that the health care system in Ukraine is under stress and its collapse would be catastrophic,” the Executive Directors of UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund and the World Health Organization said in a joint statement issued today. Agence France-Presse (AFP).
A UNICEF census documented 31 attacks on health care facilities that resulted in “12 dead and at least 34 wounded”.
According to reports from the WHO’s health services monitoring system against attacks, 24 of these incidents were damaged or destroyed, while five ambulances were destroyed or damaged.
According to these agencies, since the conflict began on February 24, 4,300 births have occurred, with an estimated 80,000 women in labor over the following three months.
“Oxygen and medical supplies, including those dedicated to managing pregnancy complications, are dangerously low,” he adds.
The three organizations call for an immediate end to “all attacks on health care in Ukraine” and criticize “horrific” attacks that “force thousands of people to give up access to health services”.
They added that “international humanitarian law and human rights must be respected, and the protection of civilians must be our top priority.”
On February 24, Russia launched a military attack on Ukraine that has already caused at least 564 deaths and more than 982 casualties among the civilian population and caused some 4.5 million people to flee, including 2.5 million to neighboring countries, according to the latest United Nations report. data.
The Russian invasion was condemned by most of the international community, and responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and strengthening economic sanctions against Moscow.
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