Samruk-Kazyna Fund provides support to Kazakh Health Ministry in fight against coronavirus
Samruk-Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund sent 100 ambulances, 1,000 units of oxygen concentrators, 50 ventilators, 1,000 pulse oximeters and 3,000 antiviral drugs 'Avifavir' to Kazakh hospitals, where health workers are fighting for the lives of coronavirus patients. According to Kazakh Health Ministry, these items are currently the most necessary and scarce ones. Today, July 20, the ministry and the Samruk-Kazyna Fund signed a Memorandum of Cooperation.
"All of these measures were supported by President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. As you know, the other day there was a meeting with the First President of Kazakhstan, during which he instructed to allocate money from the Fund's internal reserves for the construction of two medical centers in Nur-Sultan and Almaty. These centers will be designed not only to provide medical services to the population, but also to consolidate research capacity. We have already begun this work and set funds aside," Samruk-Kazyna Fund Chairperson Akhmetzhan Yessimov said.
He also appealed to Kazakh Health Ministry in order to expedite the receipt of technical assignment for medical centers and to the mayors of indicated cities to allocate land plots with appropriate communications. Kazakh Health Minister Alexey Tsoy, in turn, expressed appreciation to the corporate social responsibility shown by the Samruk-Kazyna Fund in the fight against coronavirus.
"I am sure that the memorandum will make it possible to take timely and necessary measures to respond to existing epidemiological threats," Tsoy stressed.
This is not the first campaign of the Samruk-Kazyna Fund to support Kazakh Health Ministry. Since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic, they have funded the construction of two clinics for the prevention and control of infectious diseases in Nur-Sultan and Almaty. In addition, in March, they allocated funds to purchase six million protective masks for health workers, police officers and social workers.