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Fewer births, more sick newborns

MedExpress Team


Published May 11, 2023 11:34

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Up to half as many babies are being born during the war in Ukrainian hospitals assisted by the Polish Medical Mission. In a survey conducted by the Polish organization at 10 neonatal facilities, they also indicated an increase in pregnancy complications, premature births and illnesses among newborns.

The survey was conducted in the second half of April, with responses from 10 Ukrainian neonatology facilities supported by the Polish Medical Mission. They include facilities that are close to the front line (e.g., Kharkiv or Zaporozhye), as well as those that receive refugees from all over the country (Lviv) thanks to the relatively safe situation. The hospitals shared information with the Polish organization about how their situation has changed since the Russian invasion began.

- Most hospitals report to us a reduced number of births compared to pre-war times," comments M...

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