Kryvyi Rih medics received a ventilator from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation
The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Metinvest handed over a ventilator to medical professionals of Kryvyi Rih. The modern and high-end equipment —Monnal T75 by Air Liquide Medical Systems SA (France) — was received by Kryvyi Rih Infectious Diseases Hospital No. 1.
"The ventilators are being transferred to Ukrainian doctors as part of the project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine. This is part of a large program Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives. This is high-end intensive care equipment. Such devices will even be relevant and necessary to help those who are seriously ill and to save the lives of people throughout Ukraine years from now," Natalya Yemchenko, member of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation, said.
According to her, 32 ventilators are being transferred to state healthcare institutions. This is the largest batch of ventilators that has been delivered to Ukraine since the coronavirus epidemic broke out.
"On behalf of the Founder of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, I would like to express my gratitude to the doctors who have done and continue to do incredible things. When the whole world was quarantined, you bravely went to meet the danger and deal with overtime, round-the-clock anxiety and professional challenges. Like a shield, they met a new virus. Please accept this grateful acknowledgment for your inspiration and bravery. I would like to emphasize that the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Metinvest have been helping Kryvyi Rih since the pandemic began. The city is essential for Metinvest and we will continue to provide assistance and work together with government officials and medical professionals to cope with new challenges together," Metinvest representative Andrii Skachkov said.
Mayor of Krivyi Rih, Yurii Vilkul, expressed his appreciation for the help noting that the city is not the first time feels the attention and support provided by Rinat Akhmetov:
"The assistance given by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Metinvest made it possible to conduct timely testing and examination of both medical workers and residents of Krivyi Rih. The ventilator delivered by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is a tool to fight not only the complications from the coronavirus but also dozens of other diseases. We really appreciate this."
Head of the Kryvyi Rih Health Department, Konstantyn Murashko, indicated that the received ventilator is a high-end device that can be relevant and necessary at any time.
"The results can be achieved only through joint efforts. The work the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation undertakes is insurmountable. Thus, our hospitals may have a chance to reach a new, modern level of taking care of patients. Otherwise, this is impossible to do in the twenty-first century. We are grateful for the help," Konstantyn Murashko said.
In addition, two doctors of Kryvyi Rih Infectious Diseases Hospital No. 1 were awarded the training and completion certificates which allow working with the most advanced ventilators. The Foundation made arrangements for the course together with the Ministry of Health and the Association of Anesthesiologists of Ukraine. In particular, Denys Turapin, Head of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, and internship doctor Oleksii Shovkovyi received certificates.
The hospital's medical staff also received certificates for a set of healthcare clothing from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. Doctors will be able to use the QR code to select the necessary custom-ordered clothing sizes.
Earlier, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation gave 18,400 rapid tests to medical institutions in Krivyi Rih to detect COVID-19. In total, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast received 30,000 tests.
In addition, Dnipropetrovsk Regional Laboratory Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine received from the Foundation a modern coronavirus PCR analyzer CFX96 Touch and an uninterruptible power supply that will ensure the functioning of the device even in the event of emergency power outages.
As it has been reported before, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has already handed over ventilators to doctors in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kramatorsk, Kostiantynivka and Bakhmut. In total, 200 high-end units of this equipment will be transferred to state health institutions.
Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine is a large-scale project of the Foundation created to help save people's lives. It is implemented within the framework of 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.