Eighteen hospitals in Donetsk Oblast have received oxygen equipment that will help improve the health of severely ill patients, including those with Covid-19.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine has transferred 50 specialised oxygen concentrators worth $25,000 to the medical facilities, which are designed for providing effective oxygen therapy.

These special devices separate oxygen from ambient air and then provide high concentrations of oxygen (more than 90%), which is immensely important for supporting patients suffering from the type of respiratory disorders that accompany the Covid-19 disease.

The Coordinator of the Local Governance and Decentralisation Reform Component of the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, Olena Ruditch, noted that mortality rates in Ukraine are currently growing rapidly.

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Source: Artem Hetman / UNDP in Ukraine

“Amidst the pandemic, providing direct support to doctors and vital equipment to health care facilities are now one of the main priorities of our programme’s activities,” Ruditch said.

Maryna Korneeva, the Deputy Head of the Department of Strategic Health Development and Provision of Medicines of the Department of Organisation and Development of Medical Care of the Department of Health of the Donetsk Oblast State Administration, said, “Equipping state medical institutions with modern oxygen concentrators is a significant contribution to enhancing the provision of high-quality health services, and it will also contribute to enhancing resilience of the health care system, especially during the pandemic.”

The oxygen concentrators were provided to hospitals in Dobropillia, Druzhkivka, Kostiantynivka, Kramatorsk, Mariinka, Mariupol, Myrnohrad, Novohrodivka, Selydove, Sloviansk and Soledar, the urban-type settlement Velyka Novosilka, and to Volnovakha and Vuhledar in Donetsk Oblast, under the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, with financial support from the European Union, to meet the key needs of Donetsk Oblast health facilities in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak.

It is planned to transfer another 50 concentrators soon for the needs of medical institutions in Luhansk Oblast.