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“We are experiencing anxiety” on the ground in Ukraine, says Dr. Joanne Liu of MSF | War in Ukraine

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There, the train is coming from west to east to fetch [d’autres patients]she added in an interview with 24/60 friday.

Dr. Liu finds the situation in Ukraine anxiety-provoking.

We have air alarms regularly […] and we have to decide whether we’re going to take refuge in the bunker or not. »

A quote from Dr. Joanne Liu, pediatrician with Doctors Without Borders

She does not have fear, it may be a big word, but let’s say that we are experiencing anxiety, Dr. Liu told Anne-Marie Dussault. Another source of concern for the pediatrician: the threat of a chemical attack from Russia must not be ruled out. I had to learn to manage my anxiety and show composureshe noted.

According to her, the work of the medical teams in Ukraine is made difficult because of the attacks of the Russian army which target health infrastructures.WHO“,”text”:”There have been regular strikes on hospitals. We are talking about an average of once or twice a day, according to the WHO”}}’>There have been regular strikes on hospitals. We are talking about an average of once or twice a day, depending on theWorld Health Organizationcontinued Dr. Liu.

A dozen bodies covered in tarps outside.

An attack targeted the Kramatorsk train station in eastern Ukraine, killing dozens.

Photo: Getty Images / Herve Bar

The attack on Kramatorsk station on Friday, when people were waiting to take the evacuation train […] it cannot have any other purpose to target a civilian population and it is extremely shockingshe said sorry, before recalling that there wasattacks on railways or stations”,”text”:”14attacks on railways or stations”}}’>14 attacks on railways or stations Ukrainians since the start of the Russian invasion. We remain extremely sad and a little desperate.

Complex but essential work

Doctors Without Borders has decided to work on three main axes in Ukraine, explained Dr. Liu. Doctors Without Borders initially focused on supplying medical consumables, such as needles, dressings and surgical tools. Then, the staff had to prepare for an influx of major injuries – as at Kramatorsk station. At last, Doctors Without Borders dedicated himself to evacuating the wounded from eastern Ukraine and moving them to the west of the country.

always keep this ability to be able to sign and you have to [souvent] clear beds […] to be able to rotate in the bedswhich is sometimes a challenge.

A train at a station in Lviv, Ukraine.

The Doctors Without Borders hospital train preparing to leave Lviv station.

Photo: TurnedNews.com / Louis Blouin

Because […] it’s at least 20train hours”,”text”:”before evacuating on our medical train, we meet the hospitals, we make an agreement on the patients who want to be transferred […] it’s a minimum of 20 hours by train”}}’>before making an evacuation in our medical train, we meet the hospitals, we make an agreement on the patients who want to be transferred […] it’s minimum 20 hours by trainand the patients must be stabilized to make the trip, she said.

On board, we have a medical team, anesthetists, emergency medicine doctors, nurses [mais on doit] to triage these patients, we chose themsaid Dr. Liu.

Pediatrician by training, Joanne Liu claimed to have treated a few children since the beginning of her stay in Ukraine with Doctors Without Borders. She said she met a young boy who had broken bones in all four limbs. I hesitated to take him because we thought he was too sick to be on the train, she said sorry. But Dr Liu said the child told her he wanted to walk again, and his doctor said he survived the escape from Mariupol, and he had to survive. We did our partrejoiced Dr. Liu.

She concluded by insisting on the fact that the Canadian and Quebec public is doing its part, because we have to talk [de la guerre en Ukraine]. Ukrainians live in hopeand they feel they have support, and that’s importantshe believes.

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