WHO Director-General’s remarks at a Push Convention with Minister of Overall health for Ukraine Viktor Liashko in Kyiv – Ukraine

Your Excellency Mr Viktor Liashko,

Associates of the media,

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I have invested the past two times in Ukraine and have been deeply moved by what I have noticed and what I have heard.

I have also had the honour of meeting with Primary Minister Schmyhal, Deputy Minister of International Affairs Dzhaparova, and some others.

We talked about the overall health problem in Ukraine, and how WHO can very best guidance the Ministry of Overall health to produce treatment in conflict locations, as nicely as to maintain care for these who have to have it through Ukraine.

My time below has afflicted me pretty personally. As someone – myself, who grew up in a warzone myself, I fully grasp only far too perfectly how the persons of Ukraine truly feel – the worry for family members and pals, the dread, the feeling of reduction and so on.

Mainly because I know the affect, I know the devastation of war firsthand. And I felt extremely, quite sad when Russia invaded Ukraine because I know its impact and devastation.

On the other hand, I have viewed remarkable resilience – individuals who have suffered decline and destruction but have not supplied up.

They have retained likely, fixing necessary solutions to halt that destruction building a further hole in their lives.

I have observed the problems inflicted on health constructions, and listened to accounts of the damage – actual physical and mental – inflicted on health and fitness workers.

These are people today whose primary commitment is to secure wellness and everyday living.

WHO has now confirmed 200 attacks on wellness treatment in Ukraine since the war commenced. These attacks need to cease. Healthcare is by no means a focus on.

While I saw and figured out of wonderful suffering, I also saw bravery, humour, kindness and listened to tales of spontaneous, typically ingenious strategies persons have located to help and safeguard a single an additional.

Some of individuals I am speaking about are our have WHO staff members, who, while they have lost their residences, concern for their family members, deal with day by day uncertainty, and have saved doing the job to assistance the health requirements of the individuals of Ukraine.

Our crew in Ukraine was doing the job hard to aid the place to build an ever-more robust well being method prior to the war. And that operate will go on.

Considering that Russia invaded Ukraine, WHO has shipped trauma and crisis materials for use in about 15,000 surgeries and ample medicines and health care machines to provide 650,000 individuals.

We have also furnished 15 diesel generators to provide electricity to hospitals and well being services – some in the recently accessible locations in Kyiv Oblast which I just visited this afternoon and we are handing in excess of 20 ambulances tomorrow.

WHO has also supported or coordinated far more than 50 Emergency Professional medical Groups in Ukraine and neighbouring nations web hosting refugees, and in past months we have properly trained hundreds of Ukrainian healthcare companies on how to handle mass casualties.

This involves coaching on hospital blood transfusions in conflict options, traumatic limb injuries, crisis nursing care, and critical burns care.

We have also founded a few overall health hubs in western Ukraine to guidance health care evacuations, and ensured protected clinical evacuation of patients, which includes those suffering from cancer, for therapy outside Ukraine.

These are just a couple examples of the operate we are accomplishing.

I have been extremely moved by the resilience of the Ukrainian folks, the bravery of Ukraine’s health staff, the commitment of our individual WHO personnel, and the determination of the Ministry of Wellness less than his leadership and the Govt of Ukraine to protecting health and fitness in these terrible situations.

My message to the Minister, and to all the folks of Ukraine, is that WHO stands with you. We will do all the things we can to assist the Federal government in its endeavours to deal with the injured, manage wellbeing expert services, and to fix and strengthen Ukraine’s wellbeing method.

But there is a person medicine that WHO can not deliver, and which Ukraine demands more than any other, and that is peace.

So we continue to call on the Russian Federation to stop this war.

Thank you. Дякую [Dyakuyu].

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