Female pharmacists fleeing Ukraine


Pharmacies are reportedly facing staff shortages after women specialists were ordered to report to conscription offices

A recent change in Ukrainian conscription rules has obliged female medics and pharmacists to show up to the nearest draft office to update their personal data for possible enlistment. There was reportedly a wave of resignations from drug stores ahead of the decree going into force.

“Owners of pharmacies are in a panic. People are resigning and moving to Europe before they could be stopped at the border,” Elena Prudnikova, the head of a Ukrainian pharmaceutical business association, told online news outlet Strana.ua last Friday.

“Who knows who would work, considering that the industry is already in a serious crisis,” she added.


A sniper of Ukraine’s 3rd Separate Assault Brigade takes a position during a reconnaissance mission, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near Bakhmut, Ukraine [File: Stringer/Reuters]

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