In Kharkiv, six medical facilities were opened after a major reconstruction. Major repairs of buildings lasted from 2018-2019 and included the replacement of roofs, windows, heating systems, lighting, water supply and electricity. This became possible due to UAH 53.8 million of long-term loans with low interest rates from the European Investment Bank within the Ukraine Early Recovery Programme.
Over the last 5 years, the European Union has mobilized over 12 billion euros of loans and 1 billion euros of grants to stabilize the Ukrainian economy, implement reforms and raise the standard of living of the population. A separate item of expenditure – overcoming the consequences of the conflict in the east. EU-funded humanitarian projects operate in the front-line territory and the demarcation line, and in those communities that have accepted many internally displaced persons. We are talking about the provision of food and water, and the repair of housing and infrastructure, and demining and safety measures, in particular training, and medical care.
In addition to grants and humanitarian aid, the EU provides credit lines to Ukraine on favorable terms, in particular through the European Investment Bank (EIB). For 12 years of work of this bank with Ukraine, its local loan portfolio amounted to 5.8 billion euros. At the end of 2014, the EIB opened the Early Recovery Programme (ERP) in an amount of 200 million euros.
The program covers the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions which are controlled by the Government of Ukraine, as well as neighboring Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia and Kharkiv regions, and the city councils of Kyiv (except the city of Kyiv), Odesa, Poltava and Kherson regions that have a massive influx of internally displaced persons (IDP) from Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The sub-projects in all areas, except Donetsk and Luhansk regions, necessarily include deposit from the local budget – at least 20% of the total cost of work.
The loan manager is the Ministry of Regional Development (‘Minregion’). Together with the EIB, government officials review applications from local administrations. After approval, national or international tenders are commenced. Ensuring transparency and monitoring the quality of implementation is the responsibility of the United Nations Development Program.
As of May 2019, 89 out of 293 selected sub-projects are already being implemented, which will affect approximately 240 thousand people in five areas. On check is the next batch of 324 sub-projects. The main directions are the restoration of infrastructure, in particular – the provision of public utilities, as well as the repair of damaged administrative and social buildings. Approximately 40% of the funds are spent on medical institutions, 40% – on schools and kindergartens, and the remaining 20% – on housing and public buildings.
So, at the end of May, repairs in 6 hospitals were completed in Kharkiv, another 7 projects in 5 hospitals should be implemented before the end of the year. Within the framework of the mentioned credit program, the European Investment Bank has invested nearly 141 million hryvnias in this update.
The largest update awaits Kharkiv Regional Clinical Hospital – Center for Emergency Medical Aid and Disaster Medicine. At the expense of the EIB, three floors of the polyclinic building have been fully repaired, the roof has been reconstructed, the electrical and sewer networks have been replaced. Repair of several other facilities is ongoing. In ophthalmology pavilion, which is a monument of architecture, the roof, the heating system and the windows are replaced, in surgery – the receiving department and the X-ray room are reconstructed. The part of cardiology department is on repair– there will appear its own intensive care and resuscitation unit.
The Kharkiv Regional Clinical Specialized Dispensary for Radiation Protection of the Population experienced the first repair in 25 years. The roof and the interior of the emergency room, physiotherapy department and the surgery block were reconstructed. Also, the hospital has equipped an accident and emergency department. Kharkiv Regional Clinical Perinatal Center was also overhauled and insulated. Within the framework of the credit program, the Regional Clinical Traumatological Hospital completed the repair of anesthesiology and intensive care, replaced heating and roofs in some buildings.
Regional Children’s Clinical Hospitals completed their repairs as well. An institution in Muranova Street (which, by the way, is the clinical base of the local medical university) updated the facade, replaced the hot water supply system, radiators and LED lighting. Thanks to the EIB assistance, Hospital No. 1 in Klochkovskaya Street replaced windows, radiators and a soft roof. At the expense of the regional budget, medical equipment is purchased here. From the latter news– an updated X-ray room.
By the end of the year, the regional infectious diseases hospitals will complete their repairs. In medical institution for adults, the drip infection department is under repair. The windows, the heating, water supply and sewage systems have already been replaced; the roof, ventilation, lighting and power supply systems will be reconstructed, as well as communications in the diagnostic department will be replaced. The departments of the same profile in the children’s hospital are overhauled. Here they change communications and ventilation, roofing and windows.
Kharkiv Regional Clinical TB Dispensary No. 7 has not seen a major overhaul since its inception in 1968. By the end of the year, the building will be completely renovated, the renovation of the premises and the replacement of windows on all floors are already taking place. In the plans – replacement of the heating system, lighting and electricity. A younger, but no less important public health institution, Kharkiv Regional Center for Prevention and Fight against AIDS, will receive (using credit funds) thermal insulation of part of the external walls, will conduct replacement of windows and doors, repair of internal premises with replacement of electricity and lighting, domestic water supply and heating systems.
Author: Daria Trapeznikova
Source: The Day