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Arterium provides equipment to the laboratory centre of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine

Arterium provides equipment to the laboratory centre of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine

28 April 2020 | News

As part of the activities of a charity fund created to combat the spread of the COVID-19 infection, Arterium has provided a low-temperature medical freezer to the Kyiv Laboratory Centre of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. More than 500 samples for coronavirus tests from Kyiv and the Kyiv Region are submitted to the laboratory daily. The freezer allows for the storage of samples at temperatures down to -86C, which increases the storage capacity of the analysed samples of nucleic acids, tissues, cells and also allows for the storage of biomaterials, reagents and test systems for PCR diagnostics. The freezer can store about 200,000 samples for more than 10 years, which is five times the capacity of the old equipment. Due to long-term storage, it is possible to carry out retrospective analysis of biomaterial samples and use them in the future as evidence. "In the current situation it is important to ensure rapid PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2. A freezer with this volume allows us to perform this work several times faster than before. We can safely store the original test material taken from the patients as well as the already isolated nucleic acids, which greatly helps in the work of the virology laboratory. We are very grateful to Arterium for the assistance in our work,” commented the head of the laboratory centre Tatiana Savelieva. As part of its charity fund activities, Arterium assists medical institutions in Ukraine by providing medicine, protective equipment and protective gear for doctors. “We are aware of the importance of patients' access to high-quality PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 and therefore have provided the laboratories with the equipment necessary for such testing. This is just one part of our comprehensive assistance to health care institutions in this difficult period,” commented Oksana Stefanova, Head of Public Relations.

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