500,000 Refugees from Ukraine Suffer from Mental Health Disorders: WHO

About half a million refugees who fled from Ukraine to Poland are suffering from mental health disorder and 30,000 others have severe mental health problems as diplomatic efforts to stop Russia’s invasion have failed to bear result.

Paloma Cuchi, World Health Organization WHO representative in Poland said refugees arriving in Poland are suffering from a range of health problems, including diarrhea and dehydration, but the main need is for support due to trauma.

According to the UN, more than 3.5 Ukrainians have fled the country while another 6.5 million have been displaced internally since the invasion began on February 24.

Over 900 civilians were also killed and 1459 others received injured so far in the war in Ukraine, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says, warning that the actual number is likely “considerably higher.”

According to the UN, many of the casualties occurred in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine’s east, which are partially controlled by separatist rebels backed by Moscow.

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other countries have so far tried through diplomatic channels to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to halt invasion, but failed to bear any fruit.


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