The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is fully committed to COVID-19 relief initiative. The biggest Polish charity allocated over PLN 24 000 000 (over EUR 5 500 000) for purchases of PPE, medical equipment and satisfying needs of key hospitals on the frontline of the fight with the pandemic in Poland.
Medical ventilators are indeed essential for treating COVID-19 cases, but these devices cannot be bought off the cuff, they are not in stock at all times. In the previous years, when we purchased ventilators for paediatric hospitals, the process took us a couple of months, and now, when the entire world is after these devices, it might take even longer. Yesterday we ordered 150 ICU beds for almost PLN 4 000 000 (EUR 877 600).
Jurek Owsiak, chairman of the GOCC Foundation
As soon as the Polish health care system launched its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we reached out to medical equipment dealerships and manufacturers to help public hospitals prepare for the epidemic. Securing protective gear was not easy, as worldwide demand for PPE sets is overwhelming, but as we are a well-respected customer, we were able to negotiate the necessary purchases. First of all, we arranged to buy 150 ICU beds; then, we decided to supply ONCOLAB laboratory with COVID-19 testing device, and eventually, we were able to buy 50 thousand personal protection gear sets for our frontline medical workers. It is not our last purchase in our COVID-19 relief initiative, and to support our efforts we launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak, medical affairs director at the GOCC, member of the board