WHO calls for opening humanitarian corridor for Ukraine – POLITICO

The World Health Organization on Wednesday called for the opening of a humanitarian corridor for Ukraine, saying its pre-prepared supplies in the capital Kyiv were inaccessible.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference: “There is a need to establish a corridor to ensure that humanitarian workers and supplies have continuous and secure access to reach those in need. bridge.

A week after Russian troops invaded Ukraine, Kyiv is under intense shelling, desperate locals trying to flee on a few still-running trains, as Russian armored columns approach from the north. There is extensive fighting in the east and south of the country and cities including Kharkiv are under heavy bombardment.

The WHO said it was unable to receive the medical supplies it had previously ordered in the capital. A first shipment of 36 tons of supplies will arrive in Poland on Thursday.

Tedros said at least three major oxygen plants in Ukraine are now closed and WHO is looking for ways to access medical oxygen from neighboring countries and supply it safely.

The head of the WHO in Ukraine, Jarno Habicht, said the lack of oxygen was especially difficult for hospitals that were isolated due to fighting. “In the current situation, it is very difficult to find drivers who are willing to drive from the few factories that still have stock,” said Mr. Habicht.

Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said there are about 2,000 people in Ukraine who need supplemental oxygen to survive. “You need it when you need it,” says Ryan. “You can’t be put on an oxygen waiting list; you can’t stand in a queue for oxygen.”

Adelheid Marschang, WHO’s senior emergency officer for the organization’s health emergencies program, could also be impending shortages of insulin and cancer drugs, which could lead to serious situations for patients. with people with certain types of diabetes. WHO is looking to establish a mechanism to track drug shortages and demand.

“People’s bodies and people’s bones are being destroyed, people’s lives are being lost, and there’s no medical service to provide life-saving health care and we don’t care,” Ryan said. unable to provide that medical service at this time.

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