Half of population leaves Kherson Oblast, 90% of pharmacies closed there, Regional Military Administration say

25 May, 05:35 PM
Pro-Ukrainian meeting in Kherson (Photo:still image obtained by REUTERS from a social media video)

Pro-Ukrainian meeting in Kherson (Photo:still image obtained by REUTERS from a social media video)

Half of the residents of Kherson Oblast have left the region since Russia invaded at the end of February, the head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration Hennadiy Lahuta said on the air of the Ukrainian telethon.

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Also, about 90% of pharmacies are closed in the region, and prices for drugs have increased by 3-5 times, the Crimea SOS representative Denys Savchenko said.

“The situation with medicines in the temporarily occupied Kherson region is difficult,” Savchenko said. “Almost all pharmacies – 90% of them – are closed. Some pharmacy chains, according to pharmacists, plan to stop their work in the region.”

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Only vitamins, herbal teas and toothpastes are available in the pharmacies, he said.

Most medicines are transported to the region from the temporarily occupied Crimea and sold in local markets.

There is a big problem in obtaining heart and blood pressure medications in the region.

Pregnant women also face some problems, Savchenko said.

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