The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday of a winter of war in Ukraine that threatens millions of lives. “This winter will be a matter of survival,” said WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge from Belgium.
The WHO says it has counted more than 700 attacks against health services buildings in Ukraine since the invasion began in February. That is a “manifest violation” of international humanitarian law, Kluge said.
“The damage to energy infrastructure is already having a devastating effect on the health system and the health of the population,” said Kluge. According to Kluge, this is the biggest attack on healthcare on European soil since World War II.
“Hundreds of hospitals and health institutions are therefore no longer fully operational. We expect an additional 2 to 3 million people to leave their homes in search of warmth and safety. They will face major health challenges, including respiratory infections such as Covid-19, the flu, and a serious risk of diphtheria and measles among under-vaccinated people.”