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One In Four Ukrainians At Risk Of Mental Disorder Due To Conflict: WHO


One in four Ukrainians at risk of conflict-related psychosis: WHO

Moscow denies targeting civilians in what it calls a special military operation in Ukraine.

GENEVA:

A World Health Organization official said on Tuesday that 10 million people, or about a quarter of Ukraine’s population, may have a mental health disorder related to the conflict there.

“WHO estimates that up to 10 million people are at risk of some form of mental disorder, ranging from anxiety and stress to more serious conditions,” said Jarno Habicht, WHO representative in Ukraine. newspaper in Geneva via video link.

More serious conditions include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by traumatic events. Cases are on the rise after 10 months of conflict, prompting a separate UN agency to launch online support services.

Ukraine’s healthcare system has been under pressure since the Russian invasion in February. There have been at least 700 attacks on their healthcare systems so far, WHO data shows, and Russia’s increase in attacks on critical infrastructure since October has made increase the challenge by causing a blackout.

Moscow denies targeting civilians in what it calls a special military operation in Ukraine.

Habicht said respiratory illnesses will increase with cold weather and insufficient heating, as well as car accidents due to the lack of street light due to power outages.

“The health system is working. But since it’s been 10 months, it’s a huge stress test,” he said. “We’re constantly seeing new challenges.”

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)

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