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First shipment of medical aid from Ukraine will arrive in Poland on Thursday, WHO says – National

A first shipment of medical aid for Ukraine will arrive in Poland on Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced, as the UN agency warned of an escalation of the health crisis in the country. following the Russian invasion.

The delivery includes 6 tons of trauma care and emergency surgery supplies to help 150,000 people, but how to get them to Ukrainians in need remains unclear, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom said on Wednesday. Ghebreyesus, during a press conference in Geneva.

He said the WHO provided emergency supplies to 23 hospitals in Ukraine before the conflict, but its supplies in Kyiv were currently unreachable.

The WHO said it also has reports of impending shortages of cancer drugs and insulin for diabetes patients in the country, as well as oxygen tanks.

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“There is an urgent need to establish a corridor to ensure that aid workers and supplies have safe and continued access to reach those in need,” Tedros said, although he said he had not yet spoken. to the Russian or Ukrainian leaders on this subject. Ukraine country manager Jarno Habicht said negotiations were underway to ensure supplies in Poland and elsewhere reach conflict zones.

The kits sent to Ukraine include sutures and skin grafts, as well as equipment for amputations and other major traumatic operations. The WHO said it was also prioritizing COVID-19 therapeutics, including new antiviral pills, to Ukraine over the past 72 hours to mitigate a possible surge.

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WHO calls for ‘humanitarian corridor’ to deliver medical supplies amid Russian-Ukrainian war

WHO calls for ‘humanitarian corridor’ to deliver medical supplies amid Russian-Ukrainian war

WHO also condemned unconfirmed attacks on health workers in Ukraine and stressed that medical needs remained acute. Three major oxygen plants in the country also closed, threatening patient access, the body said, with at least 2,000 people requiring medical oxygen even before the conflict.

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WHO Emergency Director Mike Ryan said: “We call on all parties and in particular the Russian government to reconsider its position in light of the suffering generated in Ukraine.”

(Reporting by Jennifer Rigby in London and Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by John Stonestreet and Lisa Shumaker)