Norfolk County health workers teamed up to send medical supplies to Ukraine

Norfolk General Hospital and the County Paramedic Service are gathering medical supplies to send to Ukraine.

Medical professionals have stepped up to donate medical kits and supplies that are nearing their end date to an independent non-profit humanitarian organization called Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations – Canada (UOSSM).

“In situations like these, it’s important to come together and provide support where we can,” Sarah Page, chief paramedic, said in a press release.

Page said Norfolk paramedics are happy to have the chance to work with the hospital and provide much-needed medical care to Ukrainians through the UOSSM.

The World Health Organization released a statement last week saying thousands of lives were at risk as medical oxygen supplies dwindle across Ukraine.

A Russian attack on Wednesday severely damaged a maternity hospital in the port city of Mariupol amid warnings from the West that the invasion of Moscow is about to take a more brutal and indiscriminate turn.

“[Norfolk General Hospital] stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and we stand ready to extend all possible support to them should the need arise,” Kim Mullins, interim president and CEO, said in a statement.

As for Hamilton, Supt. Dave Thompson says Hamilton Paramedic Service has partnered with GlobalMedic to support its disaster response and humanitarian work.

“GlobalMedic is currently on the ground working to support this ongoing humanitarian response,” Thompson said in an email.

“In this partnership, the Hamilton Paramedic Service stands ready to provide support for the packing and preparation of items sent, such as food and hygiene kits, as well as the provision of other medical items to support its work. , as far as possible.”

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