The authorities of Chernihiv state that the city's hospitals faced a critical situation with oxygen supplies for Covid patients. The press office of Chernihiv city council reported that on October 25.
Vladyslav Kukhar, the director of Chernihiv city hospital No.2 said that the current oxygen supplies are only enough for several hours. According to him, the Ukrainian factories that produce oxygen can't live up to the contract with suppliers in full extent. This delays the supplies of oxygen.
"The supplier company promises to bring the supplies tomorrow. At that, it remains uncertain when actually it could be delivered. We are not sure about the reason for the problem with supplies, but as far as I know two Ukrainian plants that produce oxygen have stopped for preventive repair works. I don't understand why would two plants temporarily halt for repairs during the epidemic peak, when they could do so in summer. But at this particular moment, we're in this situation, where we have contracts for supplies of oxygen, but the supplier company cannot comply with them in the amount that we need", Kukhar said.
Currently the authorities solve the problem, using an oxygen station and oxygen concentrators.
"The most affected patients have been plugged in to the oxygen stations in both hospitals, so we're doing everything necessary in terms of the medical aid. Compared to the wave that we observed in the beginning of the year, this wave of Covid-19 appears to be more oxygen-dependent. We've got three times more patients who need oxygen support than we had in early 2021. So we need a lot of oxygen. 95 percent of patients in Ukraine who contract Covid-19 suffer from Delta strain, which is the toughest of all available strains at this time", the official concluded.