BEST, one of the largest debt management companies in Poland, will donate PLN 600,000 to help deal with the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. The money will go to hospitals in Gdynia and Elbląg. Some of the funds will also be transferred to the local government of Gdynia.
BEST will donate PLN 400,000 to the Maritime and Tropical Medicine Centre in Gdynia (Uniwersyteckie Centrum Medycyny Morskiej i Tropikalnej w Gdyni), and PLN 100,000 to Elbląg City Hospital (Szpital Miejski w Elblągu im. Św. Jana Pawła II). The medical centres which are to receive the financial aid and the purpose of the donations have been announced by the mayors of Gdynia and Elbląg respectively. However, not only medical staff are having to deal with the effects of the epidemic. Local government authorities also have a highly responsible role in protecting health of their residents, which is why BEST has decided to donate PLN 100,000 to the city of Gdynia.
– We are monitoring the developments and receiving information on the needs of hospitals and medical staff in our city. We are also coordinating measures to prevent spread of the epidemic. The inhabitants of Gdynia are behaving very responsibly. They have stayed at home and kept their outdoor activity to a minimum, for which I am deeply thankful – said Wojciech Szczurek, mayor of Gdynia. – I am also proud of our businesses that have declared readiness to support our local community at these trying times.I would also like to thank the Management Board of BEST for their assistance – added Wojciech Szczurek.
– In these exceptional circumstances, we need solidarity. Our medical services are combating the epidemic and making every effort to ensure treatment capacities for all patients who need care. Every one of us can play their part by limiting direct contact with others during the epidemic. We are donating PLN 600,000 to hospitals in Gdynia and Elbląg, and a part of this amount will also be available to the local government authorities of Gdynia. We are well aware that the local government is at the forefront of dealing with this serious situation – said Krzysztof Borusowski, President of the Management Board of BEST.
Both the Maritime and Tropical Medicine Centre in Gdynia and Elbląg City Hospital have been designated to treat patients infected with coronavirus.
– Around 125 people have been infected in Pomorskie Voivodeship so far. Unfortunately, the number of infected is expected to increase, and any kind of help is very important to us. We would like to thank BEST Group and all other donors. I would also like to appeal to the inhabitants of our region to limit their contacts. If you need medical assistance, please first inform doctors and paramedics of any symptoms you might have – said prof. dr. hab. n. med. Marcin Renke from the Maritime and Tropical Medicine Centre in Gdynia.
– During these very difficult times, there are individuals and businesses ready to share their resources to support us, and the inhabitants of our region in the fight against coronavirus. The hospital in Elbląg has the capacity to treat 137 patients infected with the virus at the same time. We are going to prepare an additional 6 beds for psychiatric patients infected with coronavirus. We have capacities for an additional 30 patients and have already requested the Health Ministry for financial support. Since the beginning of the epidemic, we have registered 95 cases of infection in Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship – said Małgorzata Adamowicz from Elbląg City Hospital.