The World Health Organization (WHO)the United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (Unfpa) demanded on Sunday cessation of attacks against him staff and health system on Ukraine.
“Attacking the most vulnerable in this way, babies, children, pregnant women and those who are already sick, as well as health personnel who risk their lives to help save others, is an inadmissible act of cruelty,” the organizations said in a statement. joint statement, informed Télam.
The three agencies United Nations Organization (UN) They called for a ceasefire. “The health system in Ukraine is clearly under significant pressure, and its collapse would be a catastrophe; everything possible must be done to prevent this from happening, “they warned.
Since the start of the Russian offensive on February 24, there have been 31 attacks on health personnel and infrastructure, according to the WHO. In 24 of them, the facilities were destroyed or damaged, while in five cases the ambulances were hit by gunfire.
These attacks left 12 dead and 34 injured, according to the latest balance published by the WHO, in which it also specified that it was investigating other incidents. One of the attacks condemned by the international community was the bombing last Thursday of a maternity hospital in the city of Mariupolwhere three people died, according to the Ukrainian authorities.
“Attacks on medical personnel have a direct impact on people’s ability to access basic care, particularly women, children and other vulnerable groups,” the statement said. Since last February 24, 4,300 babies have been born in Ukraine and it is estimated that 80,000 women will give birth in the next three months.