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Artsakh Healthcare System Faces Imminent Crisis as Medical Supplies Remain Blocked

Artsakh Healthcare System Faces Imminent Crisis

In a stark warning that underscores the severity of the situation, the Minister of Healthcare of Armenia, Anahit Avanesyan, has raised alarm bells about the critical state of Artskah’s healthcare system. The region, still grappling with the aftermath of a devastating war, is now confronting an acute healthcare crisis as medical supplies remain cut off.

Minister Avanesyan's remarks came during a press conference on July 20, where she candidly addressed the dire predicament that has afflicted Artsakh's medical infrastructure. "Right now, there are patients requiring transfer to Armenia for treatment. I've had contact this morning, and we expect a swift transfer," Avanesyan urgently conveyed to reporters.

The gravity of the situation is exacerbated by the suspension of all planned surgeries and medical procedures in Artsakh hospitals. This unprecedented measure reflects the extent of the crisis, as reserves of vital medications are now being allocated solely to urgent cases, leaving the healthcare system strained and ill-equipped to handle routine medical needs.

Avanesyan emphasized the concerning fact that medical supplies crucial for sustaining the health and well-being of the region's population are not entering Artsakh. The consequence is a healthcare vacuum that threatens the lives of countless individuals, adding to the myriad challenges already faced by the war-torn region.

In response to this alarming state of affairs, Avanesyan is taking proactive steps to raise awareness and garner support. She is actively communicating the dire circumstances to international partners, including the Armenian Human Rights Defender and the Representative of Armenia before the European Court of Human Rights. These efforts are being meticulously documented, forming the basis for potential future sanctions to address the unfolding crisis.

Avanesyan underscored the unsatisfactory responses received thus far from concerned parties. She noted that the closure of the only road connecting Artsakh with Armenia remains a significant obstacle to the delivery of crucial medical supplies, further exacerbating the precarious situation.

The healthcare crisis in Artsakh serves as a grim reminder of the urgent need for coordinated international action to alleviate suffering and safeguard the well-being of the population. As medical supplies continue to be denied entry into the region, the potential consequences loom large, necessitating swift and decisive intervention to avert an even deeper humanitarian catastrophe.

The global community is urged to take heed of Minister Avanesyan's warning and rally together to address the unfolding healthcare crisis in Artsakh, ensuring that essential medical supplies reach those in need and preventing further loss of life. Time is of the essence, and the world's response to this urgent situation will undoubtedly shape the trajectory of events in the war-torn region.


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