The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a safe corridor through Poland to transfer medical aid to Ukraine, warning that the oxygen supply to hospitals across the country was dangerously low.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and the Europe region director Hans Kluge said on Sunday that oxygen supplies were “approaching a very dangerous point” and that most hospitals could run out of supplies in the next 24 hours putting thousands of lives at risk.
The WHO is working to deliver oxygen cylinders and liquid oxygen from regional networks, they said, adding that the supplies would be need “safe transit, including via a logistics corridor through Poland.”
“It is imperative to ensure that vital medical supplies – including oxygen – reach those who need them,” they said in a joint statement as Moscow’s incursion into son neighbor reached son fourth day.
The perturbation caused by Russia invasion of Ukraine has blocked trucks from transporting oxygen from factories to hospitals, which have also suffered power shortages.
Manufacturers of medical oxygen generators are also facing A lack of zeolite, a mainly imported chemical product for produce medical oxygen.
Concerns grew over a looming humanitarian crisis as hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians flee to neighbors countries or become internally displaced.