Interpipe, a Ukrainian industrial company, allocated ₴36 million to purchase a batch of individual protective means (IPM) for doctors in Dnipropetrovsk oblast,

according to the Company’s website.

“We bring to Dnipropetrovsk oblast thousands of high-quality IPM from one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in China. Almost 20% of coronavirus diseased are doctors. Our task is to protect medical personnel of the oblast and meet their need for protective means,” comments Fadi Hraibi, Interpipe CEO.

The Company purchased 34.3 thousand bioprotective suits, 23.3 thousand insulating gowns, 66 thousand high-grade respirators and 27 thousand medical surgical masks. The supply weight totals 16 tons.

Next week, individual protective means will start to be transferred to hospitals of Dnipro and of the oblast.

As GMK Center reported earlier, Ukrainian companies of various sectors and sizes got actively involved in a nationwide fight against the coronavirus spread. The total amount of financial aid of domestic businesses transferred to central and regional anti-crisis headquarters and funds exceeded ₴1 billion as of 10 April.

All mining & metals companies deliberately refused to use tax holidays to ensure the stability of local budgets. For instance, Interpipe will channel the saved amount worth ₴17 million to the anti-crisis program to combat the coronavirus.

In early April, the Company handed over the first batch of equipment and protective means to doctors and ambulance teams of Dnipro, Nikopol and Novomoskovsk. The batch consists of medical equipment, protective means and disinfectants.

Companies of the Ferrexpo Group continue to help medical workers of the region of its presence, sending them equipment and medicines. Aid was provided by Poltava Mining, Yeristovo Mining and Belanivskyi Mining, as well as by FC Vorskla. The Ferrexpo Group spent more than ₴21.5 million as yet to provide medical staff with everything necessary, according to the Company’s press service.

Among aid recipients is Gorishni Plavni City Hospital, which received medical products and medicines worth over ₴1.5 million, in particular systems for intravenous injections, ventilator breathing systems, medicines, etc.

Belanivskyi Mining sent the first batch of aid to medical staff of Kremenchuk Intensive Care Hospital. It donated syringes, needles, drip sets, disposable medical containers and tubes, personal protective equipment and other consumables.

In turn, FC Vorskla handed over the next batch of medical equipment and medicines to Poltava Regional Clinical Infectious Diseases Hospital. Since the start of quarantine, necessary medical goods in large quantities have been supplied twice, including uMEC series patient monitors, Benefusion VP1 infusion pumps, polyurethane-silicone gloves, FFP3 masks, etc.

The Ferrexpo Group continues to monitor the situation, receive requests from medical workers and promptly meet their needs.

“We keep constant contact with health care facilities and promptly respond to their requests,” says Viacheslav Miniazev, Director of Ferrexpo Poltava Mining Charity Fund.

As reported earlier, the Ferrexpo Corporation earmarked $2.5 million to health care facilities to combat the epidemic of coronavirus in Poltava oblast and throughout Ukraine. The allocated funds were spent to purchase ventilators, coronavirus tests and other necessary equipment.

In March, average salaries in Ukraine’s mining & metals sector increased in all segments, but a growth was mainly minor. The highest increase was recorded at iron and steel companies, 22.2% up to ₴19.7 thousand,

according to the Trade Union of Metallurgists and Miners of Ukraine (TUMMU).

In March 2020, salaries in the mining & metals sector were as follows:

In March, the average salary in industry was ₴13 thousand (+8.2%) against Ukraine’s average of ₴11.5 thousand (+5.5%).

As reported earlier, increase in salaries in the mining & metals sector in January slowed down. A slump in salaries was recorded at non-ferrous and pipe companies. In February, companies of the mining & metals sector of Ukraine reduced their average salary by 2.5–7.2% against the previous month. A positive trend was reported only at pipe companies.

As reported earlier, salaries in the mining & metals sector in 2019 were up by an average of 25–30%. Salaries of employees of coke plants were the highest last year, whereas those of employees of coke and ferroalloy companies were the lowest.