Jersey Post has answered an urgent call to help deliver 200 oxygen concentrators, left over from the Covid response in Jersey, to Poland to help with aid efforts in Ukraine.
Jersey Post is working with Jersey Overseas Aid to get the equipment to Warsaw, from where it will be transported across the border into Ukraine by Crown Agents, Jersey Overseas Aid’s specialist logistics and procurement partner.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Health confirmed the oxygen concentrators are desperately needed.
Jersey’s Health and Community Services Department made the concentrators available to Jersey Overseas Aid who then approached Jersey Post for help with the logistics of getting them to the Crown Agents warehouse in Poland.
Crown Agents, which has worked in the Ukraine for 25 years and still has a functioning office in Kyiv as well as Lviv, will ensure the oxygen concentrators reach medical teams and hospitals inside Ukraine, including in the besieged cities where they are needed most to treat civilians being indiscriminately shelled by Russia.
Jersey Post’s offer to get these to the Crown Agents warehouse will literally save lives. Tim Brown, Chief Executive of Jersey Post said, “We stand with the people of Ukraine and had no hesitation in offering our expertise and logistics network to get this critical medical equipment to where it needs to be, as quickly as possible.”
Carolyn Labey, Jersey’s Minister for International Development and Chair of the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, said: “This collaboration between Jersey Post, the Health and Community Services Department and Jersey Overseas Aid is Jersey at its best. Like the public’s extraordinary donations of goods and now money to the Bailiff’s Appeal, we see the Island pulling together to help the innocent civilians caught up in Russia’s barbaric war.”
The ‘Nuvo Lite 5’ is a compact and transportable oxygen concentrator that can provide medical grade continuous flow oxygen from 0.125 to 5 Litres Per Minute (5LPM) using standard PSA technology.
JOA remains in constant contact with its humanitarian partners in Ukraine and neighbouring countries and is receiving regular updates and situation reports from, among others, UNHCR, the Red Cross and UN. As the Island’s official aid agency, JOA is assessing and verifying the needs identified and selecting the right partners who can provide life-saving assistance whilst ensuring all funds are accounted for. In addition to its own funding, JOA is administering the donations collected through the Bailiff’s Ukraine Appeal.
Last week Jersey Post announced that JT and Jersey Post are working together to support Islanders who have relatives and friends in Ukraine. As of 1 st March 2022, all fixed and mobile calls and SMS messages from the Channel Islands to numbers in Ukraine will be free. Meanwhile, Jersey Post will waive postage charges for mail addressed to Ukraine.