Ukrainian doctors on the front line must be supplied with PPE by the Hull giant Arco.
More than 80,000 pieces of vital equipment are being sent, as the huge family business works with global first responders International Medical Corps (IMC), helping those directly affected by the Russian invasion. A total of 54,000 aprons and 33,600 masks are being sent.
Arco’s aid will support health workers on the ground providing medical assistance, those caring for Ukrainian refugees in Poland and those assisting in search and rescue operations in areas of Ukraine ravaged by the attack. It comes as former British Army vehicles are being reused as ambulances by another East Yorkshire company, O&H.
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David Evison, Managing Director of Arco, said: “The situation that continues to unfold in Ukraine is heartbreaking. Supporting people in need in times of crisis is embedded in our company culture and many of our colleagues have direct or indirect ties to Eastern Europe, so we are keen to do all we can to support people affected by the crisis.
IMC provides emergency medical aid, equipment and training that will enable affected communities to become self-sufficient and effective first responders themselves. Mr Evison added: ‘International Medical Corps are very experienced in crisis response and we are pleased to have been able to arrange the donation of much needed PPE to help and support their response.’
Arco, a £390m company employing more than 1,600 people, has liaised with IMC on suitable PPE for both emergency workers and displaced locals, an act described as review, reports our sister site Business Live. Proper sanitation is essential to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in the midst of an ongoing medical emergency.
Rebecca Milner, Advancement Manager at International Medical Corps, said: “This generous donation of PPE from Arco will help us continue our efforts to provide medical care to the people of Ukraine and the surrounding region. With millions displaced and high needs, ensuring continuity of health care amidst this conflict is essential.
Arco has already provided support during Ebola, Swine Flu and Covid outbreaks. The Arco officially opened its new £16m headquarters in the Fruit Market last year, after confirming its intention to stay in Hull for the long term.