Nova Scotia Health Ophthalmologist leads effort to help home country of Ukraine

Dr. Lesya Shuba, Nova Scotia Health Ophthalmologist
Eye on Ukraine has sent surgical and medical supplies to ophthalmology clinics in Lviv and Kyiv and collaborated with the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to build an education curriculum on wartime ocular trauma for front-line providers and ophthalmologists in Ukraine.

Dr. Lesya Shuba, an Ophthalmologist at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, has been working tirelessly to help her home country of Ukraine as it continues to be attacked and by Russia.

“I still cannot believe or accept that this terrible war in Ukraine has now lasted almost three months,” she said. “Ukrainian people continue to fight fearlessly for their freedom.”

Dr. Shuba is a member of the Atlantic Ukrainian Association, which has been collecting monetary donations and sending humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

“Atlantic Canadians, and specifically Nova Scotia Health employees, have been extremely generous in donating funds, food, clothes, medical supplies and their time to support Ukrainians in their fight for freedom and democracy.”

The association has delivered aid to the cities of Kryvyi Rih, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv, Sumi, Odesa and Verkhovyna and medical supplies to many hospitals around the country.

“I’m sure that Ukrainians feel the unprecedented support from the whole democratic world, and this gives them their courage and strength. On behalf of Ukraine and all Ukrainians, thank you all very much for your support.”

Unfortunately, ongoing humanitarian aid is still required. Currently the main needs are non-perishable, non-breakable food, baby food/formula, medical supplies (especially occlusive and hemostatic dressings). Donations can be dropped off at 1 Kingswood Dr, Unit 200, Hammonds Plains, NS from Monday to Friday (10 am –5 pm).

Information regarding the efforts of the Atlantic Ukrainian Association can be found here.

Dr. Shuba has also joined a group of Canadian-Ukrainian ophthalmologists to form a new organization called Eye on Ukraine, which is collecting and sending money and ophthalmology supplies, medications and instruments to Ukrainian ophthalmologists.

“We have had incredible support from both individuals and industry,” said Dr. Shuba.

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