Starobilsk received modern ventilators from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation
On 12 June, jointly with DTEK, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation transferred two super modern ventilators to the doctors from the Starobilsk Regional Territorial Medical Association.
"The Foundation purchased 200 high-end ventilators for Ukraine. Small regional hospitals require this equipment particularly. These modern devices allow our doctors to treat severe complications in patients with COVID-19. 32 units of equipment were delivered to the country in early June. This is the largest batch of ventilators imported to Ukraine after the quarantine began. The devices were distributed among the main state hospitals of Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Luhansk Oblasts, including Kharkiv,” Natalya Yemchenko, member of the Supervisory Board of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, said.
Chairman of the Luhansk Regional State Administration, Serhii Haiday, expressed his gratitude to the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for supporting the health system and noted that Starobilsk is a special city for the oblast,
"It is the centre of Luhansk Oblast. Patients from all remote towns and villages will be brought here. Our task is to provide medical professionals with whatever they need. The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is delivering the ventilators that are so essential for medicine. We deeply appreciate this assistance. It arrived not a moment too soon. It is impossible to overestimate it, because it is impossible to evaluate life or health of people this device will save. My deepest gratitude to the Foundation and all the doctors who work here.
DTEK representative Vitaliy Shevchenko spoke about the social accountability of SCM businesses and recalled that Rinat Akhmetov's assistance to combat the coronavirus was delivered even before the outbreak.
"In April, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation transferred 30,000 rapid tests to Luhansk Oblast to diagnose the coronavirus. In May, 6000 medical protective suits, sanitizers, axiometers, heart rate monitors, personal protective equipment were delivered. Now it is time to transfer the ventilators – the equipment that saves lives.
"We are grateful for your support. Now we are fully ready to work and prepare for the second wave of the disease. This assistance will help us to do our job. The Oblast will be protected," Halyna Horbachenko, General Director of the communal non-commercial enterprise Starobilsk Regional Territorial Medical Association."
The devices given to the doctors by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation are highly automated and can even initiate the optimal ventilation mode for a particular patient. 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 more than 800 doctors from all over the country, including doctors from Starobilsk.
In addition, together with the Ministry of Digital Transformation, the Foundation created training series "How Ventilators Work", which has been viewed over 170,000 times.
Vitaliy Shevchenko also granted the certificates for medical clothing to the doctors working with COVID in the intensive care units. It will be custom made, individually for each doctor.
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 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.