Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Metinvest to build an oxygen station in Avdiivka

Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Metinvest are going to build an oxygen station at Avdiivka Central City Hospital. Healthcare support efforts are part of the unprecedented project COVID-19 Fight in Ukraine.

Projects and Programmes Director of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation Iryna Blazhan says that Rinat Akhmetov was the first to respond when COVID-19 pandemic struck Ukraine. He allocated over UAH 450 million towards COVID-19 Fight in Ukraine project which is a part of Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives programme.

Iryna Blazhan: “This is the most substantial, systemic, and extensive private initiative aimed to help the public medical institutions fight the new disease. The base hospitals across the country promptly received 207 ventilators, over 300,000 rapid lateral flow tests, more than 200,000 units of personal safety equipment and consumables, as well as 155 oxygen concentrators. Overall, the Foundation helped 500+ medical institutions country-wide”.

She emphasised that the scale of this support effort is unprecedented, and COVID-19 Fight in Ukraine project improved the quality of healthcare services in the country.

It is planned to install three oxygen sources on the premises of Avdiivka Central City Hospital, which will secure an uninterrupted supply of vital gas to 81 points in infectious disease ward, neurology and surgery units, medical ward, ICU, and operating rooms. The oxygen station can be maintained by a single technician, with oxygen refills performed on-site. Thus, Avdiivka Central City Hospital will have a fully automated oxygen supply system.

“From the very outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic we have joined efforts with medical professionals to determine what is required for the timely and proper treatment. The collective effort still remains the only way to defeat a new wave of coronavirus infections. Soon, in late October, the hospital will be equipped to provide high-quality treatment to patients who require oxygen therapy,” notes Vitaliy Lytovka, General Director of Avdiivka Coke and Chemicals Plant.

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Metinvest were among the first to help medical professionals in Avdiivka when the coronavirus pandemic broke out. The city hospital received a modern lung ventilator and rapid lateral flow tests to quickly diagnose the disease, the highest-grade respirators, protective overalls, as well as three oxygen concentrators.