UN has verified 77 incidents of damage to medical facilities due to war in Ukraine
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said at the 49th Session of the Human Rights Council that to date the UN had verified 77 incidents of medical facilities damaged to various degrees: 50 hospitals, seven psycho-neurological facilities, and 20 other medical facilities. Overall, 55 medical establishments were damaged, 10 destroyed, and two were looted. Actual numbers are again likely to be considerably higher.
“In several besieged cities, my Office has noted a significant increase in mortality rates among civilians that can be attributed to disrupted medical care coupled with conflict-related deprivation and stress,” she said.
She stated that people with disabilities and older people face a particularly appalling humanitarian situation. Long-term care facilities suffer from a lack of food, heating, electricity, water, and medication. Many residents with chronic health conditions rely on others for care and struggle to access bomb shelters or safe areas.