10 million Ukrainians, or about a quarter of the country's population, may suffer from mental health disorders due to the war with the Russian Federation. This was stated by the representative of the World Health Organization in Ukraine, Jarno Habicht, during a press briefing, Reuters reports.
«According to WHO, up to 10 million people are at risk of one or another mental disorder , from anxiety and stress to more severe conditions,” Habicht said.
The «more severe conditions», in particular, mean post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) .
According to WHO, the Russian invaders carried out at least 700 attacks on the Ukrainian healthcare system. An increase in Russian attacks on critical infrastructure and power outages have only exacerbated the situation.
According to Habicht, due to cold weather and heating problems in Ukraine, the number of patients with respiratory diseases will increase. There may also be an increase in car accidents caused by unlit streets due to power outages.
«The healthcare system is functioning. But since it's been 10 months, it's a huge stress test. We are constantly seeing new challenges», said the WHO representative.