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The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Metinvest passes on 30,000 rapid tests to Zaporizhzhia Region


Today, on 9 April, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and the Zaporizhstal (Metinvest Group) handed over 30,000 rapid tests to  Zaporizhzhia Region to detect COVID-19. 

These days, rapid tests are the main way to quickly detect  the infection and prevent the epidemic.

"This is part of the unprecedented and large-scale assistance that Rinat Akhmetov has been providing to Ukraine since February. To prevent the coronavirus epidemic, he financed 300 million UAH that were to solve the main medical needs of the country. They were determined and coordinated with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, and purchase of rapid tests were a top priority. In the shortest possible time,  the Founder gave directions for the  Rinat Akhmetov Foundation to purchase, ship and transfer 300,000 rapid tests to the Stabilization Foundation initiated by the President of Ukraine. Once distributed by the National Health Service in an urgent order, they become available for public hospitals in different parts of Ukraine. This week, rapid tests from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation have already been received in the Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. And today, the Foundation has brought 30,000 tests to  Zaporizhzhia Region. They will be distributed to main hospitals in the region," Natalia Yemchenko, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation, said.

Oleksandr Myronenko handed over test certificates to Vitaliy Turynok, Chairman of the Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration. 

"The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Metinvest are well aware of the scale of the epidemic and any possible consequences from it. We all live in the context of quarantine, we all worry about our loved ones, our jobs, and our future. The epidemic can be stopped only if we join the forces. I mean we need to unite the regional leaders, business, doctors, and region residents. Everyone can contribute to the victory over the virus. As Metinvest, DTEK, and other companies do. As Rinat Akhmetov, who was the first to help Ukraine in the fight against coronavirus in February," Oleksandr Myronenko said.

Vitaliy Turynok thanked Rinat Akhmetov in return for his help that is equally required by both doctors and residents of the region.

"In the near future, citizens of Zaporizhzhia will be able to pass testing in hospitals. This is very important for the residents of the region as this will allow timely diagnosis of the disease. Medical equipment, personal protective equipment and test systems are in high demand all over the world today. We really appreciate Rinat Akhmetov's support," Chairman of the Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration said.

30,000 rapid tests purchased by the Foundation will be distributed among 101 regional public health institutions, depending on the needs. In particular, over 16,000 tests will be sent to medical institutions in Zaporizhzhia.

According to Acting Director of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Laboratory Centre of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Chief Sanitary Doctor of the region, Roman Terekhov, rapid tests that are the quickest method to diagnose the infection.

"We as epidemiologists regard timely diagnosis and isolation of patients to be the critical factor in preventing the epidemic. And the 30,000 tests received today will be enough to control the threat of spreading the epidemic in the next six weeks. This assistance is crucial," Terekhov explained.

On 6 April, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and FC Shakhtar transferred 20,000 rapid tests to Kharkiv Region to detect COVID-19. This region was the first to receive part of the batch of 300,000 tests purchased by the Foundation for all Ukrainian regions.

The very next day, on 7 April, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Metinvest passed on 50,000 rapid tests to Donetsk Region.  15,000 of these were received by the medical staff of Mariupol.

On 9 April, Luhansk Region received 30,000 rapid tests from the Foundation and DTEK. Another 10,000 rapid tests were tranferred to Ivano-Frankivsk Region.

Back in February, Rinat Akhmetov gave directions to the Foundation to be the first in the country to respond to the global threat of a coronavirus epidemic. The equipment to effectively treat the complications caused by COVID-19 – the Swedish SERVO-I UNIVERSAL and SERVO AIR high-end ventilators and oxygen concentrators – has already been purchased and transferred to the Ministry of Health. .

In particular, ventilators from the Foundation have been installed in the Poltava Regional Infectious Diseases Hospital, Rivne Central City Hospital and Zakarpattia Regional Hospital. The named hospitals in Poltava and Rivne also have oxygen concentrators for ventilators installed. A separate concentrator from the Foundation was delivered to the Volyn Regional Infectious Diseases Hospital. The number of medical facilities that have already received equipment from the Foundation was determined by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

 The Foundation also purchased personal protective equipment for Ukrainian doctors: EgoZlin biobag EBV – a unique insulating mobile box to transport infectious patients; EOBO-20 EgoZlin – a protective biological and anti-chemical suit with filter and ventilation set; anti-chemical disposable overalls; infrared thermometers with a laser pointer; multilayer respirators;  protective masks and goggles.  

 Another 22 ventilators were installed in neonatal ambulances and transferred by the Foundation to all regions of the country as part of the “200 ambulances for Ukraine” project. 

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is also purchasing coronavirus sample analyzers with test cartridges for them.

In partnership with the Ministry of Digital Development, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation created educational TV-series for teachers (“Quarantine: Online Services for Teachers”) and schoolchildren (“Digital Physical Education for Schoolchildren with Sport Stars”).  The video courses are posted on the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation's Facebook page and Youtube channel.

Jointly with TRK Ukraina, the Foundation created social videos urging older people to comply with the rule of thumb during the quarantine – Stay at Home. The TRK Ukraina TV-presenters and the ambassadors of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation – Ihor Pupkov, Oleh Paniuta, Hryhorii Herman, Oleksii Sukhanov and the famous journalist Savik Shuster – engage in the videos hag tagged #ParentsATHOME.