KMG Allocates 2.6 Billion Tenge to Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic
On 20 July 2020, Alik Aidarbayev, Chairman of the Management Board of JSC NC “KazMunayGas” (KMG), during his working visit had a meeting with Serikbai Trumov, Head of Mangistau Region, to discuss the epidemiological situation at KMG enterprises and the measures taken by the Company to prevent the spread of coronavirus. During the meeting, the KMG CEO also told about the sponsorship and charity support KazMunayGas provides to the region's population.
“We have joined the fight against the pandemic since its first days. Our Company shows concern for the population of the regions where it operates. KazMunayGas has already provided sponsorship support for a total of 2.6 billion tenge, including 1.8 billion tenge in Mangistau Region. These funds were allocated for the purchase of medical equipment, mobile ICUs, oxygen concentrators, and lung ventilators, all of which were urgently needed. KMG subsidiaries have also provided vehicles and personal protective equipment to the akimats and healthcare facilities as well as food baskets to low-income families. We will keep on providing every possible support to doctors and local authorities in the common fight against the coronavirus disease,” A. Aidarbayev noted at the meeting.
During his visit, he got to see the activities of the Aktau healthcare centre that performs pre-shift PCR tests for the employees of KMG subsidiaries and service companies. Up to 200 persons per day are being tested, which allows identifying those infected with COVID-19 and stopping the disease from spreading at the production facilities.
Additionally, Alik Aidarbayev held a teleconference in Zhanaozen with the CEOs of JSC Ozenmunaigas, JSC Mangistaumunaigas, JSC Karazhanbasmunai, and the service companies. They discussed issues related to daily operations, implementation of the anti-crisis strategy, fight against the pandemic, and strict adherence to sanitary and epidemiological rules.
- Aidarbayev also expressed his condolences to the families and next of kin of the employees who died of the coronavirus disease and pneumonia, and wished quick recovery to the colleagues who got sick.
“Unfortunately, some of our colleagues fell victims to the coronavirus disease as well. Each of them was part of the large KazMunayGas family and contributed to the Company’s development. It is a grievous loss for all of us. We will always cherish the memory of them, treasure up in our hearts,” Alik Aidarbayev noted.
In Zhanaozen, the KMG CEO visited the rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities to be opened this September. JSC Ozenmunaigas has allocated 50 million tenge to repair and equip the premises for the centre. Up to 700 children per year can be rehabilitated there.
Alik Aidarbayev also visited the temporary healthcare centre based on the premises of Ozenmunaigas, where 65 reserve beds had been prepared to reduce the load on the city infectious disease hospitals. The capacity of the centre is said to be up to 500 patients per day. The KMG CEO instructed management of Ozenmunaigas to take measures to provide the temporary healthcare centre with the necessary equipment. It is expected to further operate as a fully-functional healthcare centre for the diagnostics, treatment, and recovery of Ozenmunaigas employees and their family members.
Reference Information about the Sponsorship Support Provided in Mangistau Region
JSC Mangistaumunaigas has allocated 475 million tenge to purchase a computed tomography scanner that is to be installed at the Mangistau regional hospital shortly. Twenty lung ventilators and three mobile ICUs worth over 817 million tenge have been purchased for local healthcare facilities. Oil workers of the Zhetybaimunaigas production department volunteered to organise the assembly, filling, and delivery of oxygen cylinders to local hospitals. With the Company’s sponsorship support, 9 highly-skilled infection disease doctors, pulmonologists, general practitioners, and intensivists from the Russian Federation arrived in Aktau.
JSC Ozenmunaigas has purchased 2 new specialised mobile ICUs worth 40 million tenge for the Zhanaozen municipal hospital. The Company is actively supporting life-sustaining activities in Zhanaozen during the lockdown. Specifically, the Company has provided 6 infrared thermal imagers and several specialised machines to perform disinfection in the town. Local Trade Union of Ozenmunaigas Employees Public Association has purchased 10 oxygen concentrators for the amount of 5 million tenge, 4 patient monitors for 6.9 million tenge, 100 oxygen reducers, and 150 meters of oxygen hose for 723 thousand tenge for the municipal hospital.
JSC Karazhanbasmunai has provided sponsorship support to the Mangistau Region akimat for a total of 20 million tenge to purchase oxygen concentrators for infectious and temporary hospitals of the region. To the Tupkaragan district akimat, 7.4 million tenge have been allocated to purchase oxygen concentrators, medical and personal protective equipment for the temporary hospital. The Company plans to allocate another 43.5 million tenge to cover the expenses for the group of physicians invited from Russia and to purchase the necessary medicines.
LLP NMSC Kazmortransflot plans to deliver 20 lung ventilators and personal protective equipment to the Mangistau Region akimat until the end of this month for further allocation among healthcare facilities. The total amount of support is over 320 million tenge.
LLP JV CASPI BITUM has paid for a month’s hotel stay for nine physicians who arrived from the Russian Federation. LLP KazGPP has allocated 100 protective overalls for the municipal multi-field hospital.