The European Union (EU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) continue to support the health system in Azerbaijan, Report informs, citing World Health Organization Azerbaijan.

Within the joint EU-WHO Solidarity for Health Initiative, an assessment of oxygen supply and use in hospitals has been conducted with the initiative and support of TABIB. Over the COVID-19 pandemic period, the importance of oxygen supply and use in hospitals was continuously observed. The proper oxygen supply in hospitals, the oxygen infrastructure creation in intensive care units, and the capacity building on the use of oxygen in the treatment are of great importance in terms of an efficient cure for critically ill COVID-19 patients.

To assess oxygen supply and use in seven hospitals, as well as in two modular hospitals located in Baku, Sumgayit, and Shamakhi, a WHO mission is being held from May 16 to 20. Within the mission, Dr. Ulian Rotari, the WHO biomedical expert, and Dr. Pervin Korkmaz Ekren, the WHO Consultant, assess the safety of oxygen supply and use in selected hospitals and the oxygen therapy in intensive care medicine, respectively. Dr. Jennifer Collins, the WHO disease management expert, undertook the overall coordination of the mission. After the definition of gaps, the potential support to hospitals over oxygen supply and use and the preparation of national guidelines will be discussed in close consultation with TABIB.