The Next High-Quality Lung Ventilators from Rinat Akhmetov Foundation Were Handed Over To the Doctors of Dnipro

On August 13, Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, together with DTEK, handed over to the doctors of two city hospitals in Dnipro – No. 16 and No. 9 – one modern lung ventilator each. Equipment will help save lives of critically ill patients with coronavirus.

– The project “Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine” is a part of the large program “Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives”. 200 lung ventilators purchased under the project are given to doctors of state hospitals that have received the status of reference hospitals. These hospitals are at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus – they need help and support. Already 18 lung ventilators have been transferred to Dnipropetrovsk region. Earlier, the region also received from the Foundation 30 000 test systems for determining COVID-19 and an analyzer of PCR tests, as well as 70 000 respirators, masks and other personal protective equipment,” said Nataliya Yemchenko, member of the Supervisory Board of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.

According to Aleksandr Sanzhara, the Secretary of Dnipro City Council, such support of the health care system from supporters is very important.

– I would like to thank Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and the enterprises of the SCM group for helping our doctors. Lung ventilators, express-tests, protective suits and masks, everything else that is handed over to doctors helps save lives. We are grateful to everyone who takes the initiative and goes to meet our doctors. It is difficult to overestimate the contribution of supporters and sponsors, – said Aleksandr Sanzhara.

The representative of DTEK in Dnipropetrovsk region, Aleksandr Savenko, noted that all enterprises of the SCM group are actively involved in the fight against the threat of a pandemic:

– Rinat Akhmetov was the first in Ukraine to take part in measures to counter the spread of coronavirus and allocated UAH 300 million for this. In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and local authorities, the main medical needs were identified. Today we hand over another batch of lung ventilators for the region where both coal-mining and generating enterprises of the company operate. Our employees and their families live here. We believe that these devices will help medical workers save more than one life even after the end of the pandemic.

He also handed over to the doctors working in the intensive care unit, medical work clothes made by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation on a special order, individually for each doctor.

General Director of Hospital No. 16, Oleg Khasilev, said that the medical facility he heads is a reference one for helping patients with COVID-19.

– As of today, 62 patients with complex pneumonia are in our hospital, four of them are in emergency department. Therefore, such assistance is very timely and necessary. I express my deep gratitude to Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. All this equipment, suits will be used to protect hospital staff and help patients both in emergency department and in intensive care units where patients with coronavirus are located,” said Oleg Khasilev.

In addition, certificates were awarded to participants in online training arranged by the Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Association of Anesthesiologists of Ukraine.

– Transfer to mechanical ventilation for severe patients is often the last chance for recovery; therefore, knowledge of all the subtleties and features of respiratory support for the patient allows us to provide the most effective care. Thank you for this seminar, – said the doctor Ksenia Dubovik, one of the participants in the webinar.

Since the beginning of coronavirus epidemic, state hospitals in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Luhansk, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Ternopil, Rivne, Transcarpathian and Kharkiv regions, as well as in Kiev city, have received modern lung ventilators from Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.

“Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine” is a large project of the Foundation, designed to help the country save lives. It is being implemented under the program of “Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives” of the Foundation. Earlier, by personal decision of Rinat Akhmetov, under this program, the project “200 ambulances for Ukraine” was implemented. Then, in a record-breaking six months, state medical institutions in all regions received 200 special vehicles with the most modern equipment, capable of overcoming off-road conditions. Including 22 cars with artificial lung ventilators for newborns. This is the largest contribution of one supporter to the state medicine of Ukraine for the entire period of independence of our country. Today, many of these ambulances are involved in the fight against the epidemic in all areas.

Read more about how Rinat Akhmetov Foundation helps Ukraine to fight the coronavirus in our special materials here and here.