“Unfortunately, this virus will take opportunities to continue to spread,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical director at Covid-19, said during a Wednesday news briefing. “We as an organization recognize that countries are in very different situations; they face different challenges. There is a lot of movement and refugees associated with this crisis.”
Also on Wednesday, Dr. said. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergency program, said there would be an increase in Covid-19 in Ukraine, “no doubt.” He attributed the predicted increase to lack of testing, halted vaccinations and a stressed, war-weary population with already low vaccination rates.
Ryan added that the world should avoid stereotypes about refugees and illness.
“Let us be very careful with our rhetoric, for it always arises,” he said, “that people fleeing the horrors of war will somehow bring things with them. Europe has plenty of Covid, as it is, and it has had to deal with it, and Ukrainian refugees will not change the dial on it. “
Sunday’s report said the WHO has purchased therapy for Covid-19 and recommends vaccination campaigns and improved surveillance for Covid-19 and other infectious diseases.
Hungary provides Ukrainian refugees with free Covid-19 vaccines, and the WHO has also offered laboratory support that includes Covid-19 tests.
The Romanian Ministry of Health has sent medical teams to test and provide Covid-19 vaccines to Ukrainians who have fled their country.
Covid-19 treatment is offered free of charge in Slovakia. Covid-19 vaccinations are also free in Moldova for Ukrainians, with its Ministry of Health testing and monitoring of Covid-19, among other diseases.
In a joint statement with UNICEF and UNFPA, the WHO called for an end to attacks on Ukraine’s health systems. As of Sunday, there had been 31 verified attacks on health facilities, with several suspects.
“Humanitarian partners and health professionals must be able to safely maintain and strengthen essential health services, including immunization against Covid-19 and polio, and the provision of life-saving medicines to civilians throughout Ukraine, as well as to refugees crossing into neighboring countries,” it said. that in the WHO Declaration. “Health services should be systematically available at border crossings, including rapid care and referral processes for children and pregnant women.”