WorldDifficult choice for doctors to treat Covid-19 amid Ukraine conflict

Difficult choice for doctors to treat Covid-19 amid Ukraine conflict

“Staff and patients can go down on their own. But most patients need continuous oxygen. They can’t have their oxygen cut off. People in critical condition are still in the ward. If If you bring them down here, they will die,” said Pavlo Nartov.

On March 16, regional emergency services said at least 500 Kharkiv residents had been killed since Russia began its military operation on February 24.

Earlier a Kharkiv official said more than 600 buildings, including schools, kindergartens and hospitals, had been damaged.

Covid-19 patient being treated in Kharkiv (Ukraine)

Mr. Nartov said he was relieved that the hospital was no longer dangerous. On the other hand, the staff had stocked up on medical supplies and prepared for the worst before hostilities broke out.


Employees are also learning to use respirators.

Natalya Titarenko, a hospital worker, said the apartment buildings where she and her sister lived were shelled: “Suddenly we heard a loud noise. My husband said ‘hit the house’, then There in our apartment was full of dust and the neighbors started screaming. I opened the door, it wasn’t broken, I opened it and I saw smoke, dust all over the yard, broken glass everywhere.”

Russia has always insisted that it does not consider civilians as targets in its military operation in Ukraine.

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