RUSAL acquires oxygen stations for medical centres in Taishet, Shelekhov and Tayozhny for 90 million rubles

Moscow, 22 November 2021 – RUSAL (SEHK: 486, Moscow Exchange: RUAL), a leading global aluminium producer, has allocated more than 90 million rubles for the purchase of three oxygen stations for Medical Emergency and Rescue Centres. Seven centres were built at the Company's expense a year ago in Siberia and the Urals, for the treatment of patients with pneumonia.

One of the oxygen stations was installed in a medical centre in the city of Taishet, where RUSAL is completing the construction of a new aluminium smelter. It is several times more powerful than those available in hospitals and is capable of producing 580 liters of oxygen per minute.

Since its opening in November 2020, the medical centre in Taishet was transferred to the authority of the district public hospital after its construction and has been providing daily assistance to dozens of patients with COVID-19 and pneumonia ever since. The medical centre cares for the most critically-ill patients who require additional oxygen. At peak times, oxygen consumption reaches 670 liters per minute. In less than one year of operation 1,495 patients were treated in the Taishet Medical centre.

"The hospital in Taishet is equipped with an autonomous oxygen station, however due to the growing number of cases, it was necessary to increase the capacity of the equipment. RUSAL allocated the funds, then purchased and installed the equipment as quickly as possible. The same assistance was provided to medical centres in Tayozhny and Shelekhov," said Natalia Albrecht, RUSAL's Deputy Director General for Human Resources.

Oxygen stations purchased by RUSAL were also put into operation in November in medical centres in Shelekhov (Irkutsk region) and the village of Tayozhny (Krasnoyarsk Territory).

In 2020, to support regional healthcare systems in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and pneumonia, RUSAL built seven Medical Emergency and Rescue Centres in Siberia and the Urals – Achinsk, the village of Tayozhny (Krasnoyarsk Territory), Bratsk, Shelekhov, Taishet (Irkutsk Region), Sayanogorsk (Khakassia) and Krasnoturyinsk (Sverdlovsk Region). The company has allocated 4 billion rubles for these projects. All medical centres are equipped with modern diagnostic equipment for computerized tomography and bronchoscopy.
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