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The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation delivered two modern ventilators to the doctors of Zaporizhzhia


Doctors of Zaporizhzhia received two modern ventilators from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Zaporizhstal (Metinvest). In particular, one ventilator was transferred to the Regional Cardiovascular Diseases Medical Center and the City Emergency Hospital.

"When Ukraine faced the threat of a pandemic, the state health system was completely unprepared for the new challenge. There was not enough equipment to help patients with severe coronavirus: modern ventilators, sample analysers, as well as protective equipment for doctors and rapid tests. Rinat Akhmetov was the first to come to the rescue to the country. In order to provide effective work, the Foundation created the project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine, which became part of the program Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives.  There is no other similar project like this in the country. This is the largest, most systematic and large-scale private initiative aimed at helping state medical institutions in the fight against coronavirus. The purchase of more than 200 cutting-edge ventilators for public hospitals has become crucial to assist the country in this fight. Ventilators were the equipment Ukrainian doctors most required. Over 140 high-end ventilators from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation have already been delivered to the main state hospitals in 12 regions of the country,"  Natalya Yemchenko, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation, said.

Director General of PJSC Zaporizhstal, Oleksandr Myronenko, noted that the ventilators delivered by the Foundation are regarded as highly advanced.

"However, the most important thing is that the equipment is easy to use, since it eliminates the influence of the human error to a great extent. This ensures that the purchased ventilators can be used immediately after installation, and that is very important at the time of the epidemic when saving a life is a matter of right here, right now. They help doctors treat patients wiith coronavirus even more effectively," Oleksandr Myronenko said.

Chairman of Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration, Vitalii Bohovin expressed his gratitude for the help, noting its importance,

"The whole world is fighting COVID-19. We really appreciate what the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation does in this situation. The ventilators brought to the intensive care unit are actually saving hundreds of lives of residents of Zaporizhzhia and the region.

Deputy Mayor of Zaporizhzhia Anatolii Pustovarov supported him.

"Delivering ventilators was important even before the coronavirus epidemic began. Today they are obligatory. Therefore, I would like to express my gratitude to the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. Moreover, this is not the first aid rendered to the city. I am sure that it will be easier for doctors to save the lives of Zaporizhzhia residents," Anatolii Pustovarov emphasized.

The doctors say that they were waiting for such assistance. Today it is especially needed.

"These are high-end devices. A good half of our ventilators installed are outdated. They are not able to save patients with severe coronavirus. Thank you," Deputy Chief Physician of the Emergency Hospital, Oleh Velykyi said.

"The emergency hospital received a modern ventilator today. It was a significant addition to the intensive care equipment, and we are all very grateful to the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation," Viktoriia Ushakova, Director of the Health Department of Zaporizhzhia City Council, said.

The devices handed over to doctors by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation are highly automated. Online training, organized by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and the Ministry of Health, helped doctors to master the aspects when operating with equipment. The first webinar was attended by over 800 doctors from all over the country. 1100 doctors came to the second webinar.

"On behalf of the staff, I would like to express deep gratitude to the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for the opportunity to study new methods to treat COVID-19. We are also very grateful to have this ventilator, Yuliia Petrenko, a head of the Intensive Care Department of the Emergency Medical Care Hospital, said.

Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine is a large-scale project of the Foundation created to help save people's lives. It is implemented under the program Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives. Earlier, Rinat Akhmetov launched 200 Ambulances for Ukraine, which was was implemented as part of this program. Back then, all regional state medical institutions received 200 special vehicles with state-of-the-art military equipment that can get over off-road conditions within the record time of six months. Moreover, 22 vehicles equiped with ventilators`for newborns were also delivered. This is the largest contribution made by one philanthropist to the state medicine of Ukraine since our country became independent. These days, many of these ambulances are involved in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.

Read more about the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation's assistance to the country in the fight against COVID-19 in the review materials:

1. Stop coronavirus in Ukraine: the chronicles of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation's assistance to the country

2. Combating coronavirus: the assistance by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation to stop the epidemic in Ukraine. Part 2

3. Helping the country cope with global challenges. Part 3