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Doctors begin triage: hospital in Lviv overwhelmed by war


Doctors have to use stickers to prioritize who can be saved: Unicef ​​is raising the alarm about the situation in a hospital in Lviv. The clinic is reaching its limits because of too many children injured in the war.

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Mother and child in a waiting room at Lviv train station (March 9)

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The hospital in Lviv, Ukraine, near the Polish border, is overwhelmed by the number of injured children arriving from embattled regions, according to the United Nations children's charity Unicef.

Unicef ​​and the World Health Organization (WHO) are trying to supply this and other hospitals with material.

Doctors in Lviv had to set up a sticker system to coordinate the children's treatment, a UNICEF spokesman reported.

A green sticker means: injured but not urgently needed, yellow means: needs treatment, and red means: this child needs immediate attention.

There are also black stickers, the spokesman said: the child is still alive but cannot be saved and the hospital is being forced to focus its resources on other small patients.

"The only way out of this catastrophe is to end the war, and do it now," the spokesman said.

Among other things, Russia is attacking the water supply in some regions.

People sometimes take heaters apart to drink the cooling water in their distress.

According to Elder, half of the now three million refugees are children and young people.

73,000 children on the run every day

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 31 health facilities in Ukraine have already been attacked and damaged.

22 teams of doctors from other countries have meanwhile arrived in Poland and Moldova or are on their way there to help fleeing Ukrainians and to support local colleagues.

The WHO coordinates these operations.

According to UNICEF, an average of 73,000 children have fled Ukraine every day since the beginning of the war.

Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin had ordered the illegal invasion of Ukraine, on February 24 the Kremlin troops began the invasion of the neighboring country.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2022-03-15

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