News Society, 24/03/2020

Kharkiv Joins National ‘Give a Ride to a Medic’ Action

According to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine’s decision dated March 17, the metro stopped operating in Kharkiv until April 3. Only ground transport runs in the city but due to certain limits only up to 10 people are allowed to be transported at one time, Kharkivites have problems getting to work.

One of those who experience difficulties in traveling to work is healthcare workers. Some of them live in a suburb of Kharkiv but transporting passengers has been prohibited in all types of transport (suburban, urban, regional and long-distance). This makes it difficult to get to the medical facilities.

Realizing the importance to get them to work on time,  volunteers started   “Give a Ride to a Medic” action. The organizers created chat rooms on Viber, Telegram and Facebook where medical staff writes pick-up places and time they need to arrive at work. In turn, drivers also leave their coordinates: where and when they can pick up healthcare employees and how many seats are available in their cars. Sometimes one of the requirements is that medical workers should wear a mask and gloves.

Also, action participants created stickers that will help drivers identify a health care worker and help him or her get to work.

Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Mykolaiv, Lviv, Odesa, Zaporizhia and other cities joined the national action.

Reference: Up to now, 418 cases of coronavirus disease have been reported in Ukraine: one case in the Kharkiv region, one case in the Khmelnytsk region, one case in the Chernihiv region, five cases in the Zhytomyr region, two cases in the Donetsk region, two cases in the Luhansk region, one case in the Kherson region, one case in the Zakarpattia region,  eight cases in the Odesa region, four cases in the Kirovohrad region, one case in the Poltava region, six cases in the Sumy region, 22 cases in the Vinnytsia region, two cases in the Volyn region, nine cases in the Rivne region, 59 cases in the Chernivtsi region, 41 cases in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, six cases in the Dnipropetrovsk region, 11 cases in the Zaporizhia region, 57 cases in the Ternopil region, 45 cases in the Kyiv region, 82 cases in Kyiv, five cases in the Lviv region and 46 cases in the Cherkasy region. Two Kharkiv residents who were hospitalized in Kyiv have been diagnosed with coronavirus. Unfortunately, one resident of the Zhytomyr, one resident of the Chernivtsi, one resident of the Sumy region, three residents of the Ivano-Frankivsk region, two residents of the Rivne region and one resident of the Ternopil region died due to complications. Five patients have already recovered.

Text: Natalia Ivanova