An injured woman in Kyiv (Ukraine) is being transported to a hospital – Photo: REUTERS
WHO calls for the construction of a safe transit corridor to increase oxygen supplies to Ukraine, by means of a logistical route through neighboring Poland.
“The situation of oxygen depletion is very dangerous in Ukraine. Most hospitals will run out of oxygen reserves within the next 24 hours, some have run out. This puts thousands of patients at risk.” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and European Regional Director Hans Kluge said in a joint statement.
According to the WHO, Ukraine needs to increase its oxygen supply by 25% compared to its needs before a military conflict with Russia occurs.
Other important hospital operations are also being threatened by power shortages. Even ambulances transporting patients are at risk of being caught in the crossfire of fighting between the Russian and Ukrainian armies.
Meanwhile, Ukraine faces an increase in COVID-19 cases. Incredibly, the number of new cases increased by 555% between January 15 and February 25, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
A COVID-19 outbreak, combined with more and more people injured in the war, will put even more pressure on Ukraine’s already overstretched health care system, according to radio. CNBC.
More than 368,000 people have left Ukraine for neighboring European countries, according to the United Nations refugee agency. The Ukrainian government estimates that in a worst-case scenario, this war could lead to the displacement of 5 million people.
The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs said: “The ongoing conflict continues to cause severe human losses. The number of civilian casualties is increasing. People’s livelihoods are disrupted. section. Critical civilian infrastructure was damaged”.