Ukraine’s healthcare in crisis after hundreds of attacks


Krasnohorivka, Ukraine – Valentyna Mozgova cleans shattered glass and other debris from an empty hall in the bombed-out hospital where she started her career. Her 55-year-old laboratory technician, who lives in the basement, now works as a lone security guard.

Russian artillery fire targeted the Marinskaya Central District Hospital again in 2017 and 2021. However, numerous barrages over the past seven months have forced the hospital’s medical staff to flee, destroying key departments such as neurology and gynecology, as well as general clinics in the process. .

The corridors of a hospital in Izium, Ukraine, on Sunday, February 18, 2023, are piled with equipment salvaged from the damaged part of the Russian attack. His day over the past year, according to research that tried to document each strike.

Mozgova chose to remain. Having worked in a hospital laboratory since she graduated from medical school in the late 1980s, she agreed to work as a hospital security guard for 10,000 hryvnia ($250) a month. She and her husband soon joined her five other dogs and cats who had lost their homes to the bombings in the underground shelter.

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