The United Nations warns of a "state of emergency" resulting from a shortage of oxygen supplies due to "Covid-19"

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected an already weak oxygen supply, and the United Nations and its partners on Thursday warned of the need for $ 1.6 billion to deal with the global emergency.

The epidemic imposed tremendous pressure on health systems all over the world, especially in poor countries, where many hospitals faced a shortage of oxygen supplies.

This has resulted in preventable deaths and has forced families of hospitalized patients to pay extra money to ensure that oxygen reaches their loved ones.

The World Health Organization's "Act-Accelerator" program said Thursday that it is launching an "Oxygen Emergency Taskforce" task force to address the growing crisis.

A wide range of organizations participate in this group, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Global Fund, the World Bank and Save the Children.

Before the pandemic, the global supply of oxygen was restricted to treating diseases such as pneumonia, which kills about 2.5 million people annually.

But Covid-19 has exacerbated the problem.

An estimated half a million coronavirus patients in low- and middle-income countries alone need 1.1 million bottles of oxygen every day, according to a statement published Thursday.

Meanwhile, 25 countries, most of them in Africa, reported high demands for oxygen bottles.

The task force identified a need for $ 90 million immediately to address the major challenges in obtaining and providing oxygen in 20 countries, including Malawi, Nigeria and Afghanistan.

But the total needs are estimated at $ 1.6 billion this year alone to stabilize global oxygen supplies and ensure access to them.

 

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