Summary of the March 17 news of the Russian War in Ukraine

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WHO: At least 43 people have been killed in at least 43 attacks on health facilities in Ukraine

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At least 12 people have been killed and at least 34 injured in at least 43 attacks on health facilities in Ukraine, the World Health Organization’s Director-General Dr. Tetros Adanom Caprais said on Thursday.

The Tetros UN says the victims include health workers.

“Attacks on health care are a violation of international humanitarian law, anytime, anywhere.

With more than 35,000 mental patients in Ukraine’s mental hospitals and long-term care facilities “facing severe shortages of medicine, food, warmth, blankets and more” mental health services have also been severely affected by the conflict.

Tetros said the war in Ukraine is exacerbating the impact of the Kovit-19 epidemic in the country.

“The decline in test rates since the conflict began is likely to be a significant undetectable outbreak. Tetros said.

The WHO has sent about 100 metric tons of medical supplies to the region, including “oxygen, insulin, surgical supplies, anesthetics and blood transfusions, enough for 4,500 trauma patients and 450,000 primary care patients a month”. Other equipment, including oxygen generators, power generators and defibrillators, has been provided and we are preparing to ship 108 metric tons, ”Tetros said.

The Director-General said that although the WHO had prepared very important supplies for UN convoys attempting to enter the territories of Ukraine, they had not been successful.

“For example, a UN convoy carrying a WHO truck carrying vital medical supplies could not get inside. The cargo ready for Mariupol will be in the staging areas and will not be able to proceed. Access to these and other areas is now very important,” Tetros said.

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Tetros concluded his remarks by saying that Ukraine was “right in the eyes of the world” and urged the council not to “miss the many crises that are affecting the people,” including the suffering of millions more in Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Syria. And Yemen.