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The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation delivered ventilators to Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast


The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is handing over 32 high-end ventilators to Ukrainian state hospitals. This is the largest batch of ventilators that was brought to the country since the coronavirus epidemic began. To be more specific, two ventilators from the Foundation and DTEK were delivered to Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Phthisiopulmonological Center. Another device was transferred to the Central City Clinical Hospital.

"The Foundation did almost the impossible. Doctors admit that it is almost impossible to buy high-end ventilators since every country in the world requires them. Today we are transferring the next tranche of modern equipment to Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast," the DTEK representative Oleksandr Voronkin said.

Doctors receive ventilators within the framework of the project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine. This is part of a large program Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives. This intensive care equipment will be crucial even years from now. It will also be necessary to deliver care and save patients with serious medical conditions in Ukraine.

Head of Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration, Vitalii Fedoriv, expressed his gratitude for the help – the region's doctors felt real support.

"I appreciate this great and important assistance. The Foundation remained with us when the situation went out of proportion. Thanks to these devices, the patients who are being admitted now will receive the assistance. Hospitals that were the first to make a stand to protect people's lives crave for this high-end equipment," Vitalii Fedoriv said.

Earlier, Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Clinical Center of Emergency Medical Care and Disaster Medicine received rapid tests to detect the coronavirus infection. More specifically, 3,400 test systems were transferred by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation specifically for medical professionals to monitor their health. Another 10,000 tests were received by regional state medical institutions in Outer Subcarpathia to check patients with suspected COVID.

According to Chief Physician of the Center, Liubomyr Malofiy, a ventilator is a top-priority for Ukrainian hospitals.

"I want to thank the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for the equipment that our specialists will work with and attend to. We had patients who needed such devices, but we could not provide them to all because of the shortage. Now our doctors will not have such cases," Liubomyr Malofiy said.

Doctors of the Central City Clinical Hospital of Ivano-Frankivsk were quite impressed by the new equipment. According to Chief Doctor Taras Maslyak, this is the assistance the region required so much.

"The coronavirus epidemic has shown that a lot of patients need ventilators. And this assistance from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is very important and valuable. These devices are criritcal when talking in terms of fighting for life."

Also Oleksandr Voronkin, on behalf of the Foundation, presented certificates of training and completion that allow working with the most modern models of the ventilators to four anesthesiologists in two hospitals in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation organized it jointly with the Ministry of Health and the Association of Anesthesiologists of Ukraine.

A three-hour webinar, during which the lead experts of the Ministry of Health shared the world's best practices to treat COVID-19 and the peculiarities of working with the latest models of ventilators took place in late May with doctors of state medical institutions. Over 800 doctors from all over Ukraine participated in online training from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.

In addition, doctors from the two hospitals received a special gift from the Foundation - certificates to get a set of medical overalls. Doctors will be able to use the QR code to select the necessary custom-ordered clothing sizes. 

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has purchased and is currently transferring 200 ventilators to Ukrainian doctors. They are sent to the regions which require such medical equipment greatly. 

"200 ventilators are the greatest contribution in the Ukrainian medicine and a key element of assistance to the country in the fight against the coronavirus under the Foundation's program Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives. It is aimed at addressing the country's critical medical needs.  The ventilators from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation are among the most modern in the world, but they are ultimately easy to use and largely rule out the human error. This ensures that the purchased ventilators can be used immediately after being installed in almost any corner of Ukraine, which is very important during the epidemic when you need to save lives right here, right now," Natalya Yemchenko, member of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation, said.

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and FUIB have reportedly handed over a ventilator device to Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.