Renovated water supply system to serve vital healthcare facility in Donetsk Oblast

Sep 27, 2017

27 September 2017, Kramatorsk – United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) and the government of Japan have renovated the water supply system of Kramatorsk City Hospital No. 1, which provides healthcare services to over 100,000 local people and IDPs in Donetsk Oblast.

The construction of the hospital’s water supply system started in 1936 and was completed only in 1986. In recent years the system has been in a critical condition, and required repairs to ensure the normal functioning of the healthcare facility. Because of its long period of use, over 90% of the system's water pipes were damaged, which resulted in frequent leaks, hampering the work of the hospital. In March 2017, the UNDP, with financial support from the government of Japan, started renovation work. Over 2,000 meters of internal and external water supply and sewerage pipes were repaired. A modern water supply reservoir was installed in a newly-renovated building of the hospital. Construction workers also insulated the facade of the building of the surgical department, which hosts two operating theatres and a hemodialysis station.

“The citizens of Kramatorsk, and far beyond, will benefit greatly from the new water supply system in the city’s hospital, which will grant them quality medical services,” Janthomas Hiemstra, Country Director at UNDP in Ukraine said. “Rehabilitating critical infrastructure, damaged either by war or by time, and giving people access to basic facilities and services is at the core of UNDP’s recovery and development activities in eastern Ukraine.”

Background information

The UNDP Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, with support from the government of Japan, has reconstructed 32 socio-economic infrastructure facilities in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts since 2015, including bridges, pump stations, healthcare facilities, rehabilitation centers, schools, and so on. Another 10 infrastructure facilities are under reconstruction.

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