What’s a good word for the welcome given to Ukrainian refugees in Europe? 'Generous'
Do countries taking in Ukrainian refugees have the ability to address their medical needs?
That's what Paul Spiegel, the World Health Organization's emergency coordinator for the Ukrainian refugee response, wanted to find out on his nearly 7-week deployment to cities in the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Slovakia where many Ukrainian refugees are currently residing. More than 5.5 million people have left Ukraine since the war started, with numbers rising every day, according to UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency.
The answer, he found, is mostly positive. Based on his observations and his many conversations with refugees, health and government officials and charities, Spiegel believes that health-care facilities in the cities he visited "are able to take care of most of the situation right now." That is, at the moment there's enough capacity to take in refugees without overburdening the host country's health-care system.
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