UK sends 3.7 million medicines to Ukraine

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Britain has given Ukraine more than 3.7 million medical supplies to help deal with the emergency caused by the Russian invasion and save thousands of lives.

Items including wound packs and intensive care equipment of vital medicine donated by NHS England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been dispatched from Stansted and Heathrow airports and RAF Breeze Norton to the region over the past three weeks.

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The latest flight – the 11th so far – took off from Heathrow yesterday morning (Monday 21 March), carrying more than 100,000 drugs, including strong painkillers, to treat severe pain for those injured in the Russian attacks.

Yesterday’s shipment delivered nearly 120,000 packs – more than 1.5 million doses – of vital drugs urgently requested by Ukraine. These will help treat severe pain from serious injuries and aid in intensive care procedures.

The UK government is working closely with the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that medical supplies reach those who need them most.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

It is appalling to see the atrocities committed by Putin while pursuing his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

The UK has acted swiftly to provide lifesaving humanitarian aid to Ukraine and will continue to do everything possible.

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Yesterday’s shipment contains vital medicines, including strong painkillers to treat severe pain and sedatives for intensive care procedures.

I am incredibly grateful for the donations made by NHS England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as we provide further support to our Ukrainian friends.

The milestone of 3.7 million medical items donated to Ukraine forms part of the government’s broader humanitarian response to this emergency. The UK government flew 21 children with cancer to the UK, who are now receiving life-saving treatment from the NHS.

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