Health ministry assures Ukrainian hospitals have enough generators to cover basic needs
In hospitals, in the event of power outages, generators automatically cut in (Photo:suspilne.media)
Every Ukrainian medical institution has a generator of some capacity, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine Bohdan Borukhovskyi told public broadcaster Suspilne on Nov. 2 as power cuts continue to sweep the country.
"In every hospital, if there are power outages, both scheduled ones and during emergencies, the generators automatically cut in,” he said.
“All rooms with critical equipment, especially intensive care units and operating rooms, are directly connected to autonomous power sources and do not stop working for a minute.”
According to him, most oxygen units are also connected to generators.
Borukhovskyi said that since the beginning of the full-scale war, thanks to the help of international partners, the Ministry of Health has delivered more than 400 generators to Ukrainian hospitals. Most of the generators were purchased by hospitals at their own expense or with the help of local authorities.
"Therefore, today every medical institution has a generator of some capacity,” he said.
“At least one that will ensure the operation of critical equipment in operating rooms and intensive care.”
According to the official, currently, the generators available in hospitals are enough to cover basic needs, but the winter will be extremely difficult. Therefore, together with international partners, the Ministry of Health will additionally purchase over 1,100 generators for the needs of hospitals.
Russian troops launched a massive missile attack on Ukraine on the morning of Oct. 31. Air defense systems were operating in a number of regions, but there were hits in Kharkiv, Kyiv, Zaporizhzhya, Chernivtsi, and Cherkasy oblasts.
The Russian military targeted energy infrastructure facilities. Parts of Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhzhya lost power.
Energy infrastructure facilities were also struck in Kyiv Oblast. Residents of the region were warned to prepare for prolonged blackouts. In some settlements, there is no water supply.
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