Ukrainian Ophthalmologist Works to Provide Humanitarian Relief
An Ophthalmology Times article highlighted the humanitarian work of Ukrainian ophthalmologist, Iryna Suzhenko, MD. Doctor Suzhenko is in specialty ophthalmology training at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. He is working to provide urgently needed medical aid to his homeland, Ukraine.
Along with several other Ukrainian physicians in the Irish healthcare system, and the support of the Ukrainian Embassy of Ireland, he has formed the Medical Help Ukraine initiative. This relief effort hopes to provide a pipeline for the transfer of essential medical equipment and supplies to war zones within Ukraine. Reports indicate that vans filled with supplies, and even an ambulance, have already been successfully transferred.
Emphasizing the need for help, The New York Times reported that the invading Russian military has included civilian sites in its’ assault. Among the buildings bombed were medical facilities including an ophthalmology department, maternity ward and a children’s clinic. The lack of access to power, water and heat add to health concerns in this humanitarian crisis.
There is a universal thread that connects all health care workers and a comradery among eye care professionals that transcends borders. More inclusive than those, are the bonds of humanity. Thomas Paine said, “My country is the world”. If you would like to know more about how you can help the Ukrainian people, click below: