With the health care system in Ukraine buckling under extreme pressure due to the invasion by Russia, relief in the form of medical equipment has finally started to flow through to the country that is in so much need, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
WHO revealed how supply chains have been severely disrupted due to military operations, which has a domino effect on distributors and stockpiles becoming out of reach. With medicine supplies running low, hospitals have struggled to care for the sick and those injured in war.
The agency has been working with partners to relieve shortages of critical equipment and medication, including oxygen and insulin, surgical supplies, anesthetics, and transfusion kits.
Items making it across the borders in Europe include oxygen generators, electrical generators, defibrillators, monitors, anesthesia drugs, rehydration salts, gauze and bandages.
The statement estimated that the number of people impacted in Ukraine is 18 million, and nearly 3 million have now fled the country to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.
WHO also revealed how supplied were being distributed in coordination of Ukraine’s ministry.
The report said: “To support operations in and into Ukraine, a WHO support hub is being established in Poland. WHO has also scaled up surveillance and health information dissemination to detect and respond to outbreaks early and better understand needs, threats and health service availability.
"The coming days and weeks will see a constant flow of medical supplies, as part of an effort to ensure people's access to essential drugs and medical care," it added.
The agency condemned attacks on health care providers, saying it had verified 31 such attacks from the time Moscow invaded on Feb. 24 until March 11.
These led to 12 deaths and 34 injuries, with health workers accounting for eight of the injured and two of those killed. More attacks were still being verified.
Russia has denied targeting civilians in what it calls a "special operation" to disarm and "de-Nazify" Ukraine.
TyTek Medical are ensuring medical supplies reach those who need them most in Ukraine and we sincerely hope a peaceful resolution will be reached quickly.
Read the full statement from WHO here.