World Health Organization Warns That Medical Oxygen Supplies Are Critically Depleting In Ukraine As Russia Invades It But COVID-19 Is Not Over
Ukraine Medical News
: The World Health Organization is warning that medical oxygen supplies in Ukraine is depleting to a critical level as majority of the hospitals there have reported that they have only sufficient supplies that could last the next 24 hours only.
Medical oxygen is essential for patients with a range of conditions, including the more than 1,820 patients in hospital with COVID-19 and also for those with other critical illnesses stemming from complications of pregnancy, childbirth, sepsis, injuries and trauma.
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sources, it was reported that critical hospital services were also being jeopardized by electricity and power shortages, while ambulances transporting patients were in danger of getting caught in the crossfire.
Days before Russian invasion, Ukraine was still experiencing COVID-19 surges with an average of about more than 20,000 new COVID-19 infections per day. On the 24th
of February 2022, the last day that COVID-19 cases were still being reported in the country, Ukraine had a total of 27,538 new COVID-19 infections.
Just before the Russian invasion, Ukraine registered a total of 5.04 million SARS-CoV-2 infections and a total of more than 112,000 COVID-19 deaths out of a population of 44.3 million people.
A variety of strains are circulating in Ukraine, mainly a variety of new Delta subvariants and the Omicron BA.1, BA.1.1 and BA.2 variants.
The WHO late on Sunday called for safe passage for emergency imports of medical oxygen as combat rages.
Both WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said in a media statement, "The oxygen supply situation is nearing a very dangerous point in Ukraine. Trucks are unable to transport oxygen supplies from plants to hospitals across the country, including the capital Kyiv. The majority of hospitals could exhaust their oxygen reserves within the next 24 hours. Some have already run out. This puts thousands of lives at risk."
The World Health Organization said it was looking to increase supplies, most likely using liquid oxygen and cylinders from regional networks. These supplies would need safe transit routes after leaving a logistics corridor through Poland.
Thailand Medical New is proud to report that we have donated 17 Yuwell 8F oxygen concentrators to 2 hospitals in Kyiv ie City Children’s Clinical Hospital No.1 and the Scientists Hospital that is under National Academy of Science of Ukraine, using our stringers in Romania.
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