Metinvest Groop will supply 240 t. of oxygen to medical institutions of Kharkiv region and 60 t. to those of Kyiv. Such a decision was made by the Group management in connection with an application from Kharkiv region administration and Kyiv municipal clinical hospital No. 6.
Hospitals in Kharkiv region faced an oxygen shortage in early October: the main supplier started the equipment repair as the result of which the supply declined from 40 to 20 t. per day. In connection with this Olexandr Skakun, deputy head of Kharkiv regional administration turned to Metinvest management requesting help with supplies of oxygen to medical institutions of the city.
Oxygen supply schedule was promptly developed in Metinvest, in compliance with which the hospitals of Khrakiv region would get 240 t. of oxygen during the period from October, 18 to October 28. The first 80 t. of oxygen have already been supplied to the regional hospitals. Oxygen for medical workers of Kharkiv region will be supplied by the Group enterprises, such as PJSC “Zaporizhstal”, PJSC “Dneprovskyi coke plant” and PJSC “Azovstal Iron & Steel Works”.
In particular, Metinvest will supply 60 t. to Kharkiv municipal clinical cross-functional hospital No. 17 and 60 t. to regional specialized dispensary of radiation protection, and 40 t. will be provided to each of such institutions as Kharkiv regional hospital of war veterans, Kharkiv regional clinical infection hospital and Kupyansk local medical association.
The chief doctor of Kyiv municipal clinical hospital No. 6 also experiencing lack of oxygen for treating patients with Coronavirus turned to Metinvest as well. 60 t. of oxygen will be supplied from “Azovstal” to the hospital by the end of October.
Metinvest enterprises have already supplied 120 t. of liquid oxygen to the hospitals of the capital in October. In particular, Kyiv municipal clinical hospital No. 6, Kyiv municipal clinical hospital No. 1 and Kyiv regional clinical hospital were among those who received help.
Yuriy Ryzhenkov, Chief Executive Officer of Metinvest Group:
– Since the beginning of October, we can see an outburst of coronavirus all over the country again, that is why the speed of response to the needs of medical workers is our best ally in our fight with the pandemic. It is equally important that local authorities also monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and make quick decisions, just as occurred in our case. We hope that quick response of the authorities as well as willingness of business to help the medical workers using all the available resources will allow medical workers to stop the spread of the disease and save lives and health of the Ukrainians.
Oleksandr Skakun, deputy head of Kharkiv regional administration:
– Unfortunately, Kharkiv region is among the regions with the largest percentage of need in oxygen in Ukraine. Thanks to their cooperation with Metinvest Group enterprises, the regional hospitals engaged in the fight with COVID-19 are now fully provided with oxygen.
Vadim Kryzhevsky, the chief doctor of Kyiv municipal clinical hospital No. 6:
– We faced interrupted supplies of required amount of oxygen: the hospital consumes 5 t. of oxygen per day. For this reason, I turned to Metinvest so that the Company could help us with this issue. Metinvest has responded and makes it possible for us to take oxygen during four weeks. We are very grateful to the Company. Thus, we will be able to save at least 350 people with Covid receiving treatment in our hospital.
As reminder, Metinvest supplies oxygen to hospitals in different regions of Ukraine for the second year in a row. From 2020 to September 2021, the Group’s enterprises donated more than 2 thousand tons of liquid and almost 409 thousand cubic meters of gaseous oxygen to hospitals in Zaporozhie, Mariupol, Kiev, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Zhytomir and Khmelnytsky regions.
Besides, Metinvest constructs oxygen infrastructure in hospitals in the cities where the Group’s enterprises operate. In particular, oxygen systems were installed in Mariupol, which made it possible to provide about 700 hospital beds with oxygen.
In Zaporizhzhya, Metinvest Group built a new oxygen station at the regional infectious disease clinical hospital that supplies 104 beds with oxygen. The Company helps repair intensive care of the hospital damaged with the fire. Oxygen route to the intensive care will be conducted from a new oxygen station.
In Avdeevka, Metinvest makes an oxygen station in cooperation with Rinat Akhmetov Foundation as part of the project “Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine”. An automated oxygen system will appear in the Avdeevka central municipal hospital, which will deliver oxygen to 81 points.
This summer an oxygen station was opened in Pokrovsk, Donetsk region, at the Pokrovsk clinical hospital for intensive care. The station, constructed with the support of Metinvest and Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, provides oxygen to the department for patients with coronavirus.
In Krivoy Rog, the Group acted as a partner in providing the municipal hospital No. 17 with oxygen supply equipment. Metinvest undertook to install the equipment and lines for oxygen supply to treatment blocks.
In total, Metinvest spent about $ 6 million in the fight against coronavirus last year.
Metinvest is a vertically integrated group of steel and mining companies that manages every link of the value chain, from mining and processing iron ore and coal to making and selling semi-finished and finished steel products. It comprises steel and mining production facilities located in Ukraine, the EU, the UK, and the US, as well as a sales network covering all key global markets. The management company of Metinvest Group is METINVEST HOLDING LLC, a subsidiary of Metinvest B.V. The major shareholders of the METINVEST B.V. are SCM Group (71.25% ownership) of Rinat Akhmetov and SMART HOLDING (23.75% ownership) partnering in Company’s management.
In 2020, Rinat Akhmetov together with SCM businesses, “Shakhtar” football club and Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation were the first to help the country in the fight against the coronavirus. On the personal initiative of Rinat Akhmetov, over UAH 450 mln. were assigned for this purpose as part of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation “Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine”. The project helped 1.4 mln. people to survive. It is the largest contribution of one donor made to the public healthcare of Ukraine. More than 500 medical institutions all over the country received over 1000 units of equipment, including 207 lung ventilators as well as hundreds of thousands express test kits, personal protective equipment and consumables.
Vadym Novynskiy’s Foundation directed over UAH 100 mln. to fight with the epidemic of coronavirus infection in Ukraine. The funds were directed for purchasing of lung ventilators, PCR-tests and specialized laboratories, personal protective equipment for medical workers, etc. All those were distributed in the hospitals of Donetsk, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya and Khrakiv regions in a centralized way. In addition, UAH 3.8 mln. were allocated for financial support of 31 families of the medical workers who died of COVID-19.