Healthcare relies on generators in Ukraine

Ukraine | 2023 | CBPF

Ukraine, Kharkiv. The World Health Organization reported there had been more than 260 verified attacks on health facilities, 100 days into the war in Ukraine. There has been substantial damage to Ukraine’s healthcare infrastructure.

With funding from the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund, UNOPS procured over 100 diesel electric generators and worked closely with the Ministry of Health to identify and deliver them to the hospitals and clinics that needed them the most.

Generators are critical to ensuring people in Ukraine can get the health care they need since they provide hospitals with an independent source of energy if they are cut off from the national grid.

“The generators we received from the United Nations will allow the operation of two hospital buildings at once,” noted Dmytro Dmytryshyn, Deputy Chief Physician at Svitlovodsk Central District Hospital, which received two generators. “This is extremely important for maintaining our energy stability, especially under martial law conditions.”

The Emergency Aid and Disaster Medicine Centre in Kharkiv is the central ambulance operational centre, dispatching around 200 ambulances in response to calls from the public across the province.

Viktor Zabashta, the Centre’s director, explained that they received three generators. “One of them has been stationed at the Centre, while the others have been allocated to our ambulance stations. Uninterrupted electricity supply is key to our work: we need a power source to support our dispatch services, the Telecard system for gathering cardiographic data and GPS tracking for calls and vehicle movement, as well as communication between the central office and the ambulance teams. Much of the equipment we use is electrical and needs to be recharged regularly – that’s what the ambulance station generators allow us to do.”

October 2022

Original story (UNOPS)

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