On the 5 of September, in the laboratory department of the Blood Center of the National Military Medical Clinical Center "Main Military Clinical Hospital" a ceremony for the transfer the immunological analyzer "Arkitekt i1000 SR" was held.
The purchase of the equipment was performed by the International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis within the PEPFAR project.
The event was attended by: deputy chief of Medical Service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine colonel of medical service Andriy Galushka, director of the International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis Eliot Pearlman, chief of the Office of Defense Cooperstion, U.S. Embassy Kyiv Daniel Miller, Medical Advisor, Office of Defense Cooperation Mr. James Cahill, chief of the National Military Medical Clinical Center major-general of medical service Anatoliy Kazmirchuk, deputy chief of the Central sanitary and epidemiological department of MOD of Ukraine, Lt. Col. Sergey Morgun and PEPFAR Embassy Interagency Coordinator Mrs. Alice Wolfram.
The collaboration of the "International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis with the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, in particular with the Blood Center, has a long history. Previously, freezers and thermal containers for exporting blood components, as well as centrifuges for separating blood components, had already been delivered under the program. The Arkitekt i1000 SR immunological analyzer is the latest addition in this reform process. This equipment will allow testing of about 100 blood samples per week, and if it necessary, these indicators can be increased several times," - said the director of the International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis, Elliot Pearlman.
The equipment is already installed and operational. In addition, the manufacturer provided training for professionals who are now working with this unit.
"Such measures make Ukraine stronger. We know that international defense cooperation is alarming to aggressor countries" - said colonel of medical service Andriy Galushka.
The device is much easier to operate and allows faster, cheaper and more likely to detect hemocontact pathogens than previous manual tests for ELISA antibodies. Thus, in future, number of uncertain and false-positive results will significantly decrease. Such detection of contaminated blood is the most important component of all blood software.
Also chief of the Office of Defense Cooperstion, U.S. Embassy Kyiv Daniel Miller was taking part in the event, who noted the complexity of the work done: "This is a huge step in transformation of medical care that is taking it to the next level. I am very proud that America was able to contribute to this. Blood safety program should be at the highest level".
The threats facing Ukraine now do not pay attention to which organization or agency person belongs to or what chevrons he|she wearing. That is why we must by all possible means contribute to solving the pressing problems of today. It is extremely valuable that we can improve the work and capabilities that Ukrainian military medicine has achieved" - said Mr. James Cahill.