Sakhalin-1 to facilitate access to COVID-19 testing for residents of northern Sakhalin regions

Exxon Neftegas Limited, on behalf of the Sakhalin-1 Consortium, has signed an agreement with the Federal State-Funded Healthcare Institution Sakhalin Oblast Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology to fund a laboratory opening in Nogliki settlement.

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Sakhalin-1 to facilitate access to COVID-19 testing for residents of northern Sakhalin regions

As part of the agreement, ENL will transfer almost 7 million rubles to a grantee in order to establish a laboratory and furnish it with the required diagnostic equipment.

The new laboratory will be the first in the northern districts of Sakhalin to perform tests locally. As a result, the possibilities for early diagnosis of COVID-19 among the residents of the island northern areas will be significantly enhanced.

According to Balzhinima Darizhapov, Chief Physician of the Sakhalin Oblast Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology, "it is assumed that initially the laboratory will have a capacity to process up to 100 specimens per day. This will help to avoid the necessity to ship specimens to the laboratories of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, thus, will significantly reduce testing time for local residents."

"Health care support has always been one of the priorities in our charitable activity, and this year has become of a critical significance," said Shelley Beer, President of Exxon Neftegas Limited. “In total, in 2020, we allocated about 25 million rubles to the medical institutions of Sakhalin Oblast. With these funds, the local hospitals and clinics have acquired a variety of equipment, including what was required to treat the respiratory and cancer patients, who are at high risk of COVID-19 contraction".

The funding is rendered as part of the Sakhalin-1 Consortium multi-year program to support the local healthcare system. Since 2002, the medical institutions of Sakhalin have received about 400 million rubles that helped implement a large number of large-scale projects, including:

  • Purchase of equipment for the regional children's hospital, specifically for the intensive care ward and surgical units, high-tech diagnostic equipment, equipment for the neonatal pathology unit, as well as other equipment – for a total of 158 million rubles.
  • Purchase of the automated sterilization complex and gamma-ray therapeutic unit for brachytherapy, high-tech equipment for efficient diagnostics, laser surgical tools, endoscopic equipment, central station collecting and processing the information from the bedside monitors, mobile devices for X-ray and ultrasound examinations, and other equipment – for a total of more than 164.5 million rubles.
  • The Central District Hospitals of Okha and Nogliki have significantly upgraded their inventory of modern diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, having acquired electrocardiographs, surgical tools, diagnostic equipment, consumables and more, furnished the rooms for dental, physiotherapeutic and ophthalmologic services – for a total of more than 13 million rubles to each hospital.

In addition, numerous events with engagement of experts from the leading healthcare institutions of Russia were organized to facilitate the professional development of Sakhalin physicians, for example, workshops and master classes on the use of the ultrasonic and X-ray diagnostic techniques, intensive care of patients with acute cerebral disorder, on critical issues of prenatal diagnostics, etc.

Exxon Neftegas Limited, the Operator of the Sakhalin-1 Project, on behalf of the Sakhalin-1 Consortium, annually supports more than 100 social initiatives in the regions of its production activities – Sakhalin Oblast and Khabarovsk Krai. In total, over 1,600 social initiatives totaling more than 1.5 billion rubles have been implemented over the life of the Sakhalin-1 Project. The Sakhalin-1 Consortium includes the Russian oil company PAO “NK Rosneft”, represented by its subsidiaries, the Japanese SODECO, India's ONGC Videsh, and Exxon Neftegas Limited, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation.

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