In light of the outbreak of the A/H1N1 virus in Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine wrote to the AUGB on Tuesday asking for assistance in the form of humanitarian aid.  As reported, the AUGB immediately wrote to Douglas Alexander MP at the Department for International Development.

AUGB President, Zenko Lastowiecki, also responded by letter to the Embassy stating that the Ukrainian community in Great Britain had often donated generously to humanitarian causes in Ukraine and is likely to be able to do so again. However, further clarification was necessary to provide the community with full information in order to reassure it that any donations will be used wisely and effectively to help those in most need.

Mr Lastowiecki asked what steps the Government of Ukraine had taken to prepare for a possible swine flu pandemic, what contacts it has had with the World Health Organisation or other international bodies to seek help with medication / vaccines, what level of funding had been set aside for prevention and treatment of swine flu, what orders have already been placed with manufacturers of medication and vaccines and when will such supplies become available and, finally, what the Ukrainian Government’s overall strategy is for dealing with swine flu – in particular in relation to vulnerable groups.

According to BBC sources, 96 people have died so far as a result of the A/H1N1 virus. 

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