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Luhansk Oblast received modern ventilators from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation


The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and DTEK handed over two modern ventilators to Rubizhne Central City Hospital in Luhansk Oblast. The event was held within the framework of the project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine, which is one of the main elements of the large program Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives.

"The Foundation is transferring 32 ventilators to state healthcare institutions. This is the largest batch that has crossed the border of Ukraine since the quarantine began. The practically impossible task was completed. After all, ventilators were hard to find when the demand for them increased rapidly all over the world. Thankfully, these difficulties are over. We are transferring the modern equipment to state medical institutions in various parts of the country. Therefore, high-quality medical care will be accessible to as many people as possible. And since the devices will work for many years, thousands of lives will be saved," Natalya Yemchenko, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation, said.

Presenting the certificate for ventilators, DTEK representative Vitaliy Shevchenko noted that the region urgently needs support in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

"Only through joint efforts made by the public, business and government representatives can we help the country to solve the issues it faces in this emergency situation,"  Vitaliy Shevchenko said.

Head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration, Serhii Haidai,  noted the assistance provided by the Foundation was very necessary:

"I would like to express my gratitude to the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation once again for supporting Luhansk Oblast. We have already received protective suits for medics and rapid tests. And now we are the owners of ventilators. I know that there was a real struggle in the world for them. And yet, we have received them just in time."

The doctors were quite impressed by the new ventilators not only because of their special feature but also because of their external appearance.

 "On behalf of myself and all medical staff of the hospital, I would like to express gratitude to the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for its invaluable assistance and understanding of health problems. It is even difficult for me to imagine that this is a ventilator since it is so modern and top-notch. This is a high-end device. I am most grateful," Eduard Kravchenko, Director of the Rubizhne Central City Hospital, said.

In addition, the doctors received pleasant and at the same time useful gifts from the Foundation – certificates for sets of healthcare clothing. Doctors will be able to use the QR code to select the necessary custom-ordered clothing sizes. 

Earlier, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation delivered 30,000 rapid tests to Luhansk Oblast to detect coronavirus, 6000 protective suits for doctors, axiometers, heart rate monitors, and personal protective equipment.

Doctors from Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kramatorsk, Kostiantynivka and Bakhmut have reportedly received ventilators from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. In total, 200 high-end units of this equipment will be transferred to state healthcare institutions.

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 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 equipped 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. 

Learn more about the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation's assistance in Ukraine to fight the coronavirus here.