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'Race against time' to get medical supplies to Ukrainian hospitals

An aid organization warned that hospitals in Ukraine are facing a shortage of supplies and that there is a race against the clock to get critical medication into the towns before they are cut off by Russian troops.

Doctors face increasing numbers of wounded soldiers as a result. In Mariupol, residents without heat, electricity, or clean water are facing a humanitarian crisis.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), said that pharmacies in the city are running out of medicine, and people are breaking open heating systems to wash their hands.

Image The site of the Mariupol children’s hospital is where emergency services can be seen.

As Russian forces advance, Odessa and other cities are now preparing for more attacks and siege.


Alex Wade, MSF’s emergency coordinator, stated that it was crucial that more supplies reach hospitals across the country.

Sky News Lviv spoke to him and he stated that hospitals are reporting an increase in the number of people who have been injured by the conflict. He cited war wounds, shrapnel injuries, and so on.

These people require urgent care, often trauma or surgical intervention.

“At the exact same time, hospitals report that they are running out supplies to treat severe injuries and patients with chronic diseases.”

Image: Alex Wade, an emergency coordinator at Medecins Sans Frontieres. Pic: MSF

MSF, also known in English as Doctors Without Borders, has been working to ensure that the right medical supplies reach the correct places in Ukraine because hospitals in the country are under severe strain.

Wade said: “Logistically it is extremely difficult to get much needed supplies into this country right now. With the war evolving so quickly, we are in an uphill race to get medication and equipment to towns before these risks become a problem.”

MSF claims that it was able Saturday to transport 120 cubic metres of medical supplies to Ukraine. A third of this was then rushed to Kyiv via train to be used in hospitals in the capital, and other towns further east.

Key developments:

* US defense official claims that Russian soldiers are moving closer to Kyiv

* Satellite photos suggest that a large contingent of Russian troops has been dispersed and redeployed

* Boris Johnson stated to Sky News that it was “deeply disturbing” to reject calls for an Ukraine no-fly zone.

* Today , the UN Security Council meets to discuss Russia’s claim that the US and Ukraine have developed biological weapons. This is despite both countries’ strong denials.

* Ukraine told UN’s nuclear watchdog all contact with Chernobyl’s power plant was lost

Image There are many hospitals that are running out supplies and it is hard to get more in the country

Wade said: “The MSF teams will need to be able to supply the right medical supplies to the correct hospitals at the right times, based on the needs of the patients and their challenges.”

“We also run mass casualty exercises in many different areas.”

MSF appeals for donations so it can continue its work in Ukraine, and other countries.


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