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kyiv, Ukraine – At least 10 health specialists have lost their lives in Ukraine since the start of the war with Russia, Ukrainian Health Minister Viktor Liashko said early Sunday.
At a joint press conference with WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in the capital Kyiv, Liashko said 10 health workers had been killed and 40 others injured during the war.
He said as many as 40 hospitals have been flattened and another 500 are damaged to the point that it has become impossible to provide health services there.
Ukraine’s health minister discussed developments regarding the ongoing war and its impact on medical professionals with the head of the WHO.
Liashko accused Russia of using banned weapons as well as violating WHO principles and international agreements on warfare.
Ghebreyesus said health facilities should not be targeted during the war and that the WHO has provided support to 15,000 hospitals since the start of the war.
He said the WHO has extended its assistance to Ukrainian citizens residing in neighboring countries. He said three health facilities have been put into operation to help with the evacuation efforts.
At least 3,309 civilians have been killed and 3,493 injured in Ukraine since Russia launched a war against the country on February 24, according to UN estimates. It is feared that the true toll could be much higher.
More than 5.7 million people have fled to other countries, including some 7.7 million internally displaced people, according to the UN refugee agency. (Anadolu)