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Embassy of Kyiv: doctors discussing how to fight against Covid-19

The scientific confrontation between Italy and Ukraine continues in the common battle against the Coronavirus. Today Professor Walter Ricciardi and Professor Massimo Fantoni shared their experiences by videoconferencing with the doctors of the Kyiv Hospitals. At the same time, Professor Maurizio di Mauro of the Cotugno Hospital in Naples answered the questions of the organization “Odesa VS Covid-19”. Two initiatives organized by the Italian Embassy in Kyiv. “These are two events of great importance today, which continue and enrich the exchange of experiences between Italy and Ukraine in the fight against Covid-19. After the mission of the medical team sent from Kiyv to the Marche region, the dialogue between our countries on this topic does not stop. I want to thank Prof. Ricciardi, Prof. Fantoni and Prof. di Mauro for their willingness to share with their Ukrainian colleague’s precious indications on how to organize health care to safeguard the lives of patients and staff working in the hospitals”, said Davide La Cecilia, Italian Ambassador to Ukraine. “Kyiv looks to Italy with great attention, as a pilot country in dealing with the emergency and now in the management of Phase 2,” concluded the Ambassador.

Prof. Ricciardi, Scientific Advisor to the Minister of Health and former President of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Higher Institute of Health), and Prof. Fantoni, Head of the Covid-19 Hospital Gemelli in Rome, discussed the seven hospitals in the Ukrainian capital most involved in the fight against Covid-19. The discussion focused on the diagnosis, treatment and its adaptation to specific clinical pictures and the possibilities of contracting the virus for the second time. The Vice Mayor of Kyiv, Valentyn Mondryivskyi, also spoke. “On the Ukrainian side, great interest was expressed in this occasion of confrontation, as demonstrated by the active participation and the expressed wish to make further links in the future,” commented the Ambassador.

Prof. di Mauro, Director General of the Colli Hospital (Monaldi – Cotugno – CTO) in Naples, answered the questions of the doctors of the volunteer organization “Odessa VS Covid-19”, particularly interested in the organizational methods adopted to avoid contagion among the medical staff. In his greeting, Ambassador La Cecilia stressed how Italy has found itself before an unprecedented crisis and has “developed protocols and response methods now considered as reference by many countries. The Cotugno Hospital in Naples certainly represents excellence in this history,” said the Ambassador, also recalling the strong link between the Neapolitan city and Odessa.

The videoconferences were organized, besides the impulse of the Italian Embassy in Kyiv, by the Mayor Klitschko. The organization of volunteers “Odesa VS Covid-19” and are among the projects carried out in connection with the Italian Research Day in the World.


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