Doctors of Dobropillia received two high-end ventilators from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and DTEK
Today, on 15 September, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and DTEK transferred two ventilators made in France to doctors of Dobropillia Intensive Care Hospital (Donetsk Oblast). The equipment was delivered within the framework of the project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine, which became part of the large program Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives.
"Rinat Akhmetov was the first to help the country and allocated 300 million UAH to fight the coronavirus. The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation handed over 320,000 rapid tests and over 200,000 units of personal protective equipment to state medical institutions. We purchased sample analysers, infrared thermometers, and other equipment for medical staff. However, ventilators still remain the main objective. Therefore, the Foundation purchased 204 ventilators. More than 120 devices have already been transferred to the regions of the country," Natalya Yemchenko, member of the Supervisory Board of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, said.
Vitaliy Shevchenko, DTEK representative, noted that when the whole world is standing on the threshold of the second wave of the pandemic, doctors are in particular need of help.
"The fight against the coronavirus continues. We see that the pandemic is rapidly gaining momentum. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian healthcare system was not at all ready for new challenges, there was not enough necessary equipment to save patients with severe complications caused by the coronavirus. Despite the shortage of high-quality ventilators, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation managed to buy and bring them to Ukraine. More than half of the devices have been handed over to doctors. They are already saving lives. As well as for the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, DTEK is a socially responsible company that pinpoints the assistance to the healthcare system as one of the priorities. We are transferring two ventilators to the Dobropillia hospital. Overall, Donetsk Oblast received 27 ventilators from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation," Vitaliy Shevchenko said.
Vadim Bobkov, chief doctor of Dobropillia Intensive Care Hospital, told how valuable the support of doctors from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is and thanked them for the provided equipment.
"Unfortunately, COVID does not recede. There is an increase in the disease as a whole in Ukraine and Donetsk Oblast. We can already consider the possiblity of the second wave of the virus. Since 9 September, our hospital has been receiving patients with the coronavirus infection. Thus, this gift is most welcome. Without such equipment, we will not be able to fully provide the necessary assistance. On my own behalf and on behalf of my employees, as well as all the residents of Dobropillia, I would like to express my gratitude to Rinat Leonidovich for his support," Vadym Bobkov said.
Deputy Mayor of Dobropillia, Oleksii Halytskyi, also thanked the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation,
"The city authorities, together with the medical staff of Dobropillia, told the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation about their needs – and in a short time they received the result. We really appreciate this. I am sure that this equipment will save more than a dozen lives.
At the end of the event, certificates were awarded to participants of the online training organized by the Foundation jointly with the Ministry of Health and the Association of Anesthesiologists of Ukraine.
"It is very important these days to keep up with the time. Due to the pandemic, all mass events and conferences have been canceled. However, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation made it possible to complete training and improve our knowledge and skills. Despite that, the acquired skills are not enough. And these two ventilators will help us provide even better care. We are very grateful," Head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Konstantin Skoromny, one of the participants of the webinar, said.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic, state hospitals in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Ternopil, Rivne, Zakarpattia and Kharkiv Oblasts, as well as in Kyiv, have received modern ventilators from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.
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: