Hundreds of children under blockade have serious health problems: Bulletin
Saturday, 14 January, 2023, 19:12
Hundreds of children under blockade have serious health problems: According to healthcare officials, at present, 847 children in Artsakh suffer from congenital heart defects, 93 from bronchial asthma, 66 from periodic fever syndrome, 80 from epilepsy, and 16 from diabetes. The children regularly travelled to Armenia to receive appropriate medical care. Since December 12, due to the blockade, these children have been deprived of their right to receive medical care. In addition, more than ten doctors do not have the opportunity to return to Artsakh from Armenia. As a result, there is a shortage of medical personnel in Artsakh’s medical institutions. Population of Artsakh remains deprived of vital electricity supply for 5 days now:
Since January 9, Azerbaijan has denied repair crews from accessing the area of a damaged power line to carry out emergency repair work on the only high-voltage power transmission line coming into Artsakh. Currently, the demand for electricity in Artsakh is satisfied only by limited local resources. Rolling blackouts continue throughout the entirety of Artsakh.
What does this mean?
Due to Azerbaijan’s destructive behaviour, the 120,000 population of Artsakh is deprived of the possibility of an uninterrupted energy supply. In current conditions of cold winter weather, tens of thousands of families are facing severe difficulties in meeting their heating and vital needs, while many businesses are forced to suspend or severely limit their activities. Damaged Internet cable to Artsakh is restored through the mediation of the Russian peacekeeping forces:
Thanks to negotiations mediated by the Russian peacekeeping forces stationed in Artsakh, "Karabakh Telecom" technical specialists were allowed to access the area of the damaged internet cable to repair and restore service. As a result, on the evening of January 13, the Internet connection has been restored throughout the territory of the Republic of Artsakh.
Internet connection was disrupted on January 12 in the entire territory of the Republic of Artsakh due to damage to the only cable coming from Armenia to Artsakh, which happened in the area of Shushi. Regular meeting of government Task Force takes place:
At a meeting held on January 13, under the leadership of State Minister, Head of Government Task Force Ruben Vardanyan, a number of topical issues related to ensuring the primary needs of the population in the context of the ongoing blockade of Artsakh by Azerbaijan were discussed. Energy sector officials were instructed to submit proposals for the transition to energy-saving mode and the maximum reduction in electricity consumption in a short period of time. The issue of citizens who lost their jobs as a result of the difficult economic situation and the suspension of businesses was addressed. Update of daily statistics 11 children remain in the neonatal and intensive care units of the children's hospital 11 adult patients remain in the intensive care unit, three of them in critical condition 127 children were born during the blockade about 400 citizens continue to be deprived of the opportunity to receive necessary medical care due to suspension of planned sugeries in all medical facilities of Artsakh with the mediation and support of the ICRC, a total of 19 patients have been transferred from Artsakh to Armenia to receive appropriate medical treatment 726 business entities (17.7% of the total) suspended their activities due to the impossibility of working under the conditions of the blockade According to preliminary data, at least 3,400 people have lost their jobs and source of income due to the difficult economic situation More than 13,200 tons of vital supplies would have arrived in Artsakh were it not for the blockade, during which only a small portion was delivered by the ICRC and Russian peacekeeping forces Key facts for 34 days 120,000 people of Artsakh have been held hostage by the agents of the Azerbaijani government under the conditions of a terrorist siege due to the blockade, 120,000 people of Artsakh, including 30,000 children, 20,000 elderly people and 9,000 people with disabilities, suffer many deprivations and face the risk of starvation 41 kindergartens, 56 pre-schools and 20 full-day educational institutions were closed due to the aggravation of food shortages caused by the blockade. 6,828 children are no longer able to attend kindergartens, pre-schools and daycare centers, and are deprived of the opportunity to receive proper care, nutrition and education Since the beginning of the blockade, many countries and international organizations have condemned Azerbaijan's actions and called for the lifting of the blockade. This issue was also discussed in the UN Security Council while the European Court of Human Rights ordered Azerbaijan to take all necessary and sufficient measures to lift the blockade. The issue will soon be considered in the UN International Court of Justice (The Hague) as part of the proceedings of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.