"Thanks to this highly innovative equipment, thousands of people will receive necessary treatment," said Ukraine's Minister of Defence of and General of the Army Stepan Poltorak.
"The partnership between Ukraine and Japan has lasted for years," said H. E. Shigeki Sumi, Ambassador of Japan. "We are now exploring opportunities to expand our partnership with the Ministry of Defence."
Implemented by UNOPS with funding from Japan, the $250,000 worth of new equipment will reduce the side effects of anaesthesia and increase the speed of procedures in Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv, Vinnitsa and Lviv.
During complex, long-lasting surgeries, patient monitors on the new anaesthetic stations enable doctors to obtain detailed information about a patient's condition, allowing for more precise treatment. In addition, air compressors can be adjusted to patients' needs to allow more accurate and effective artificial ventilation of lungs.
The equipment will improve access to healthcare services for around 250,000 people.
"The donated medical equipment will save patients' lives," said Sergei Volkov, UNOPS Ukraine Head of Programme.