New artificial lung ventilators (ALVs) are to be sent to emergency and disaster medicine centers in Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Sumy, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, and Poltava regions of Ukraine.
The new ALVs were acquired using money from the United24 fundraising platform.
UNITED24 or U24 was initiated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to increase donations to Ukraine and ensure the efficiency and transparency of their distribution. Since the beginning of May, United24 has raised $43,697,282.
More than $1 million (UAH 30,215, million) of this was transferred to the Health Ministry of Ukraine. The Ukrainian government spent UAH 26.5 million on purchasing 35 artificial lung ventilation devices.
All of them will be used to assist regions affected most by Russia's war against Ukraine, Health Ministry has said in a press release.
“We are currently assisting the emergency services of four neighboring regions: Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhzhia Oblasts,” said Radiy Shevchenko, the director of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Center for Emergency Care and Disaster Medicine.
“We are ready to save everyone who needs help, without hesitation."
Shevchenko said that ALVs are vital in situations like the Russian April 8 shelling of Kramatorsk railway station.
"We went to Kramatorsk to help evacuate the victims to Dnipro. Wounded children, women, the elderly – it was one of the most horrific things we have seen in our lives. ALVs are required for transporting patients in critical condition, and I am grateful that we are now receiving more of them," Shevchenko said.
A United24 fundraiser will take place on May 29, during the telethon Save Ukraine – #StopWar. All donations will be transferred to the NBU account assigned to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The funds raised will be used for procuring surgical C-arm X-ray machines, which help detect shrapnel wounds. The event will be broadcasted by TV channels.