27.11.2020

RUSAL medical team awarded for contribution in the fight against COVID-19 in Guinea

Conakry, November 27, 2020 – RUSAL (SEHK: 486; Moscow Exchange: RUAL), a leading global aluminium producer, announces that the RUSAL medical team was honored with the national Katala 224 award, for their contribution in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Guinea.

The 2020 laureates are Elena Kolomoets, Head of the RUSAL medical service in Guinea and two specialists of the RUSAL Centre for Epidemic and Microbiological Research and Treatment (CEMRT): Chief Medical Officer, Dr Victor Kpakilé Konomou, and general physician, Dr N’Yéréké Jérome Gbamou.

Yakov Itskov, Director of RUSAL's alumina business, said: “RUSAL has traditionally given a hand to Guinea in strengthening the country's healthcare system. Two medical centers built by RUSAL have been participating in the national program for the fight against COVID-19, which includes the Centre for Epidemic and Microbiological Research and Treatment in Kindia and the multifunctional medical center for the treatment of infectious diseases in Fria. Joint vigorous efforts of Russian and Guinean medics helped 450 patients overcome the coronavirus”.

Founded in 2017, the non-governmental award Katala 224, is awarded annually to celebrate remarkable accomplishments in different fields of entrepreneurship. The word “katala” derives from the Guinean language, with Soussou meaning “a person who fights” or “a dedicated worker”. In 2020, for the first time, the Katala 224 award celebrated professionals in the medical field.

RUSAL was the first private company to assist Africa in fighting against the spread of dangerous infections. During the Ebola epidemic outbreak in Kindia in 2015, RUSAL built the Centre for Epidemic and Microbiological Research and Treatment (CEMRT). The center has since been acknowledged nationally as one of the sites for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 in Guinea, and received the first patients with coronavirus. In June 2020, the new multifunctional medical center for the treatment of infectious diseases was constructed as part of the hospital, within the Friguia bauxite-alumina complex.

RUSAL has been operating in the Republic of Guinea since 2001, and is today one of the largest international investors in the country. In Guinea, RUSAL owns Compagnie des Bauxites de Kindia (CBK), as well as the Friguia bauxite and alumina production facility. In addition, RUSAL is continuing with the implementation of a project aimed at developing the world's largest bauxite deposit Dian-Dian in Boke.
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