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UF Health Shands doctor travels to Ukraine to provide medical care to civilians

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – As millions flee Ukraine, Dr. Riley Jones with UF Health Shands, is on the way to help.

“A lot of times it feels like I’m just making a tiny little drop, but thinking about it, these drip rivers are being created,” Jones said.

For more than 10 years, Dr. Riley Jones has provided medical care to people in war-torn areas.

“Generally for me, I’m usually there for about a month or two at a time,” he said.

Jones works in the global health department at UF Health Shands, and now he’s about to be on his way to Ukraine.

He said his trip to Haiti after an earthquake opened his eyes to global health.

“Seeing the work we were trying to do after the earthquake in Haiti, and then realizing the longer-term ripple effects of that work.”

Jones is part of MedGlobal, a non-governmental organization that provides free healthcare services to people in crisis-affected areas.

He said he expected to treat people suffering from the consequences of what he described as standard Russian military tactics.

“They’ll do the double tap and that’s where they’ll bomb a situation, wait a few minutes and allow rescuers to come in and bomb again to really get the message across,” he said.

Jones will travel to Ukraine on Wednesday.

In the meantime, MedGlobal is preparing aid packages to be sent abroad.

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