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Ukraine will receive 50 evacuation ambulances with the support of the Ministry of Health and the Olena Zelenska Foundation

20 December 2023
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The Olena Zelenska Foundation continues to develop the area of medicine, as citizens critically need access to medical services during a full-scale war. One of the key challenges for Ukraine today is the medical evacuation of civilians, especially in regions and communities near the war zone.

The government of the United Arab Emirates, with which the Olena Zelenska Foundation has a successful track record of implementing humanitarian projects, is donating 50 ambulances to Ukraine to support the country’s medical infrastructure. The transfer is being made with the assistance of the Embassy of Ukraine in the UAE.

The recipient of the ambulances is the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, which distributes them to those regions that need special transport for medical evacuation and assistance the most.

Today, the first batch of 23 ambulances has been delivered to Ukraine.

Each vehicle is equipped with everything necessary to provide emergency medical care to save lives.

“Very often our medical infrastructure becomes a target for the enemy. More than 480 ambulances have been damaged, destroyed or seized. That is why regular replenishment of ambulance fleets is very important to provide people with timely medical care. I am grateful to the Foundation, First Lady Olena Zelenska and the UAE government for their active involvement and assistance. The donated ambulances are equipped with oxygen cylinders, heart monitors, defibrillators, electrocardiographs and artificial lung ventilation devices. They can save a person in case of cardiogenic shock, provide assistance during childbirth, resuscitate patients, provide general anesthesia, and perform primary surgical treatment of wounds. This is exactly what our doctors need in the difficult conditions that Ukraine is facing,” said Viktor Liashko, Minister of Health of Ukraine.

 

“Doctors are often forced to provide emergency care under fire, risking their own lives and health. The ambulances will allow us to evacuate people near the war zone and hopefully save thousands of lives,” said Nina Horbachova, director of the foundation.

 

It should be recalled that since the beginning of the full-scale war, russia has been systematically destroying and stealing ambulance fleets in the temporarily occupied territories. The enemy continues to target civilian infrastructure, including medical facilities. Therefore, the need to provide Ukraine with ambulances remains acute.