Ukraine is getting the extra US $1.7 billion in assistance from the United States government & the World Bank to pay the wages of its beleaguered healthcare workers & provide other vital services.
The money which has been coming on Tuesday from the US Agency for International Development, the Treasury Department along with the World Bank is meant to ease the acute budget deficit which has been caused by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brutal war of aggression, USAID mentioned in the statement.
While several medical staffers have left Ukraine, some hospitals have shut down, and other hospitals have been shelled. The health workers who are still in Ukraine do their work under tough circumstances.
Meanwhile, Viktor Liashko, Ukraine’s minister of health, said paying health workers’ salaries is becoming more difficult each month due to the overwhelming burden of war”.
Liashko further added in a statement that, “USD 1.7 billion is not just yet another financial support; it is an investment that makes us a step closer to victory.”
At the same time, the organisation added that, “To date, USAID has given USD 4 billion in budgetary support to the Ukrainian government. These funds have been used for keeping gas and electricity flowing to hospitals and schools, getting humanitarian supplies to citizens and paying the salaries of civil servants and teachers.”