Zaporizhzhia hospitals were the largest consumers last year
In 2023, Zaporizhstal donated 767 tons of medical oxygen to Ukrainian hospitals, Metinvest.Media reports.
Last year, the largest consumers of the company’s oxygen were Zaporizhzhia city hospitals, a clinical hospital for emergency and ambulance care, a children’s hospital, etc.
The company produces medical oxygen at the air separation unit VRU-60 in the oxygen compressor shop: atmospheric air is purified, compressed and separated into components. Since 2021, the oxygen produced by the plant has been certified by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health for use as a medical drug.
Since the beginning of the shipment, Zaporizhstal has supplied almost 6.5 thousand tons of oxygen to more than 100 hospitals in 17 regions of Ukraine. Due to the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, the volume and geography of its supplies have significantly decreased, but have not stopped. Last year, the average volume of medical oxygen shipped by the plant at the request of medical institutions was 64 tons per month.
Medical oxygen is intended for oxygen therapy in conditions accompanied by oxygen deficiency: respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, surgical operations, etc. In particular, oxygen therapy is used to treat the acute respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus. During treatment, one ton of oxygen covers the needs of about one hundred patients.
As GMK Center reported earlier, Metinvest has allocated UAH 4.8 billion to support Ukrainians and the Armed Forces since the beginning of the war, including more than UAH 2.5 billion for the army’s needs as part of the Steel Front military initiative.