Due to the fact that two major Ukrainian plants stopped producing medical oxygen, the government decided to purchase the oxygen supplies from Poland. Healthcare Minister Viktor Lyashko reported that in an interview with Ukrainska Pravda.
"Given the fact that it (one of the plants, - 112 International) is located in western Ukraine, we contacted Poland, which is much faster than delivering the oxygen from Donetsk, Luhansk or Zaporizhya regions. Ministry of Infrastructure issued the necessary licenses quite quickly, in just one day, and the distributor that supplies this oxygen brought a couple of vans from Poland and delivered the oxygen to hospitals", Lyashko said.
The hospitals didn't pay for the supplies, he added.
Currently, there are 35 enterprises that produce oxygen; 23 produce medical oxygen, and the other 12 manufacture technical oxygen.
"The daily consumption of the oxygen per one patient grew twice, even three or four times. And the number of hospitalized people who need oxygen therapy increased, too", the minister said.