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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 240

War and surgery: Correspondence on the current Ukraine crisis

1 Private Academic Consultant, Samroang, Cambodia
2 Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok, Thailand
3 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission28-Jun-2022
Date of Acceptance29-Jun-2022
Date of Web Publication22-Nov-2022

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Pathum Sookaromdee
Private Academic Consultant, 111 Bangkok 122 Bangkok, 103300
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/fjs.fjs_139_22

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Keebayoon A, Sookaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. War and surgery: Correspondence on the current Ukraine crisis. Formos J Surg 2022;55:240

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Keebayoon A, Sookaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. War and surgery: Correspondence on the current Ukraine crisis. Formos J Surg [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Nov 26];55:240. Available from: https://www.e-fjs.org/text.asp?2022/55/6/240/361700

Dear Editor,

War in Ukraine is the current global issue. The effect of the war on surgery is an important effect on the local healthcare system in Ukraine. In Ukraine, Kharkiv is a pioneering center for endovascular therapy as well as other technological aspects and is currently affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.[1] Controlling infectious diseases is crucial.[2] The current COVID-19 epidemic might spread throughout Ukraine and neighboring countries.[3],[4] Collaboration is crucial; however, when the war reaches its peak, there may be no collaboration from the fighting zone. The authors want to share personal stories from Indochina, an area where minorities have long been victims of violence. The former situation in our area, where there was no organized healthcare system, is analogous to the current one in Ukraine, where hospitals are being bombed. During the battle, there were no medical facilities. The only operating healthcare system was a field hospital that aids refugees on the border of a neighboring country.[5] The health of those who have been evacuated from combat zones is a key concern. It can be difficult for countries, such as Poland, that take in large numbers of refugees to meet their healthcare needs, which include infectious, chronic, and mental ailments.[6] In the field hospital, surgery and anesthesiology resources were sometimes limited. As a result, there was a significant mortality rate.[7] A lack of appropriate surgery care and related knowledge in the Far Eastern front might be different from the West such knowledge exists. At present, there is continued training of war medics by trauma surgeons and it might be useful to correspond to the current situation. Nevertheless, COVID-19 and mental health issues, which continue to be a problem in Ukraine and its neighbors, must be addressed in combat zones, refugee camps, and other similar settings.

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