KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. imports medical equipment costing over USD 15 million from China. The first plane has already landed!
Thursday, 26 March, 2020
On Thursday, 26 March at 2 p.m. CET, a special plane with medical equipment landed at the Warsaw Okęcie airport. This is the first of the air transport operations with assistance financed by KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. In total, the Lubin-based company has purchased medical equipment worth more than USD 15 million.
Such an efficient and quick organisation of this gigantic logistics operation was possible thanks to the personal involvement of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda.
President Duda made a phone call to China's President Xi Jinping, during which it was agreed that China is slowly but consistently resuming work and that Poland will be able to buy the necessary equipment. "President Xi informed me that Poland has the green light to make such purchases and such purchases are being made," said President Andrzej Duda.
"I would like to thank Mr. Chludziński very much for organizing this transport," said the Chief of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister Michał Dworczyk."Of course, I also thank President Andrzej Duda, without whose support this could not have been possible. From next week on, we will be launching an air bridge. The planes will constantly carry cargo, consisting of goods necessary for medical services that are taking part in the fight against the coronavirus."
Today, the first plane with urgently needed materials and medical equipment on board landed. Thanks to the support of the state authorities in the PRC, the necessary customs formalities were completed in an exceptionally short time.
"We have been organising transport for several days in response to President Andrzej Duda's appeal,"said the President of the Management Board of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. Marcin Chludziński. "The first plane landed today, the second will be in Warsaw on 31 March. The total value of medical supplies they carry is about USD 15 million."
President Chludziński explained that the aircraft holds will be filled with a total of 600,000 medical masks, over 250,000 pairs of overalls, tens of thousands of pairs of protective goggles and about 150 ventilators.
"We are organizing more flights, so there will be much more of this supply," stressed Marcin Chludziński.
The equipment, which is ultimately to be delivered to hospitals, clinics and other sanitary facilities, will be placed at the disposal of the state authorities, who will decide its exact purpose.
"The equipment will be made available to the Ministry of Health," Minister Dworczyk emphasized. "The Ministry of Health will decide on further distribution of these goods to the units needing it the most."
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