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“How can a hospital function without electricity? asks WHO while traveling in Ukraine

The World Health Organization’s Europe chief said he was “saddened and indeed outraged” by the damage inflicted on health facilities in Ukraine by Russian forces.

Dr Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, made the comments on Thursday during a visit to hospitals in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine, including a psychiatric hospital and a rehabilitation center .

“To date, the WHO has objectively reported more than 700 attacks on health care. This is a very clear violation of international law. Health should never be a target,” Kluge said.

“Winter will be a threat to millions and millions of Ukrainians. I have seen it. In fact, now the temperature is hovering around zero degrees Celsius, but soon it will drop to -20.

“Right now, there is a power outage in the whole city and in the whole oblast. How can a hospital function without electricity? How can maternities function without incubators, vaccine storage, without refrigerators ?” he added.

During the visit, the WHO team also donated a car and a generator to help medical staff facing power outages during the continued Russian shelling.

Ukraine struggled on Thursday to repair its electricity and water services after Russia targeted the power grid with dozens of cruise missiles and temperatures plummeted.

Ukraine’s energy system is on the brink of collapse and millions of people have been subjected to emergency power outages for weeks due to systematic Russian bombing of the grid.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said more than two-thirds of the capital was still cut off on Thursday despite city workers in the capital restoring some water services overnight.

“Seventy percent of the capital remains without electricity,” Klitschko said. “The energy companies are doing everything they can to return it as soon as possible.” he added.

About 50% of the central Dnipropetrovsk region has electricity, Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said.

“The energy supply situation is complicated, so shutdowns will continue in the region to reduce the pressure on the grid as much as possible,” Reznichenko warned.

Repair work was underway elsewhere, including in Rivne, Cherkasy, Kirovograd and Zhytomyr regions, officials said.

euronews Gt

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