Thousands of people in Ukraine have complex war-related injuries: WHO

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Thousands of people in Ukraine have sustained complex injuries linked to the war and need rehabilitation services and equipment to help them, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Tuesday.

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Attacks on healthcare facilities, fewer healthcare workers due to displacement and power shortages were all making it difficult for people to get care, Dr. Satish Mishra from the WHO’s regional office for Europe, told a media briefing.

Even before the war, in 2019, about half the population in Ukraine could have benefited from rehabilitation services for non-communicable conditions such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, Dr. Cathal Morgan, another WHO official said.

Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic and the war have significantly increased the need for rehab 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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