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Health and Education are a Priority

Date of publication: 18 June 2020

The experience of Transneft East helps schools and hospitals in the regions of its operation.

The oil pipeline company continues to support those who treat and teach. This summer, Transneft East will help repair educational and health facilities in Irkutsk Region, Yakutia and Amur Region.

More than RUB 30 million will be allocated for renovating medical rooms and purchasing medical equipment at the Olyokminsky District Central Hospital.

For three consecutive years, Transneft East has been funding the creation of chess and robotics classrooms in the regions, the repair and equipping of chemistry, physics and mathematics classrooms. Today, Transneft East finances the overhaul of roofs and the replacement of wiring, the renovation of gyms, the arrangement of locker rooms and showers, the installation of modern plastic windows. And the hospitals will also receive the necessary diagnostic equipment.

In total, almost RUB 100 million will be allocated for these purposes in three regions of Transneft East operations.

In Irkutsk Region, works will be conducted in four schools. In Yantal Settlement, engineering systems will be replaced, the gym and locker rooms will be renovated. In Zheleznogorsk-Ilimsky, much-needed repairs of the school building roof will be carried out, the gym will be updated. For all these purposes, Transneft East has allocated more than RUB 28 million.

“Our school is half a century old. The last time the roof was repaired was 30 years ago. And we are very glad that this year, the oil pipeline company is helping with the overhaul of the roof. In addition, we will repair the lavatories. They will fully comply with new, much more stringent sanitary requirements. The gym, showers and locker rooms will also be repaired. And we have enough money to also replace windows in several classrooms. The measurements were taken in April, and now the work is in full swing,” said Yelena Safonova, Headmaster of Zheleznogorsk-Ilimsky School No. 3.

“In April and May, Yantal schoolchildren studied remotely, so the contractor organisations started working at the buildings without interference and without waiting for the holidays. The local school has been receiving assistance from Transneft for several years. In the previous year and the year before that, under the corporate school education development programme, we repaired and equipped physics, chemistry and mathematics classrooms there.

Contacts with suppliers are already established, the logistics issues have been solved. Of course, the new epidemiological reality required additional efforts from contractors. We had to arrange a medical examination for the workers, to provide them with masks and gloves, as well as to organise an isolation regime for builders from other territories. However, this did not affect the schedule. The work in Yantal is even ahead of the plans,” says Sergey Zverev, Deputy Director for Construction of the Lensk Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate, a Transneft East branch.

The oil pipeline company is starting to implement its new charity programme in Amur schools. Last year, three renovated classrooms were opened at Secondary School No. 7 in Tynda. The company financed the revamping of several classrooms here: new windows and doors were provided, and the flooring was renovated. In addition, the classrooms were equipped with modern furniture and computers, as well as outfitted with automated workplaces for teachers. The chemistry and physics classrooms were provided with proper laboratories. The 2020 programme includes Gymnasium No. 2. Here, a new gym is urgently needed, and plumbing must be renewed. By the beginning of the school year, the building will be fully renovated, so that it meets all public health regulations.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the timing had to be slightly shifted. However, the contractors ensured compliance with strict sanitary measures and isolation of workers, as well as monitored their health. At present, the team is repairing the gym,” explained Mikhail Dmitriev, Deputy Director for Construction of the Neryungri RPD.

This year, the most significant part of the programme was the repairs and equipping of medical facilities in remote areas of Yakutia and Amur Region.

“Olyokminsky District is one of the remotest in the republic. At the same time, the hospital and its outpatient department serve both 25 thousand local residents and almost five thousand shift workers who come to us every year. The doctors’ responsibility is huge. Therefore, we are very glad that we were included in the Transneft programme. This will help both bring the building of the hospital to the proper condition and organise work more efficiently. We are one of Yakutia’s pilot institutions in terms of transition to the "lean outpatient clinic" concept. This means a new logic behind patient distribution and reception, as well as the work of doctors. Thanks to the help of the oil pipeline company, this year, for example, one of the elements of this system, an open registry, will be arranged in the outpatient clinic,” says Marfa Burtseva, Chief Physician of the Olyokminsky District Central Hospital.

According to health workers, literally everything will change. The tiny windows with long queues will disappear, the health workers will not have to run between the file storage section and patients, simultaneously answering calls. Several workplaces with free access that look a lot like operator desks in banks, will be equipped for administrators receiving patients. The call centre specialists will communicate with citizens over the phone, and employees of the file storage section, for which a separate room is currently being repaired, will search for and send medical records to the doctors.

“Thanks to the support of Transneft East, we are buying equipment for the electronic queue system, as well as furniture for the waiting area. Patients will be able to wait for their turn, come up to the registrar, sit down and make a doctor appointment in a comfortable way. This is very convenient, especially for the elderly, for those who are experiencing difficulties with standing up for medical reasons,” explains Marfa Burtseva. “In addition, we have begun repairing the offices of medical specialists; the workers will repair the floors, wiring and communications.”

“In the Olyokminsk outpatient clinic, there are 16 medical rooms to be repaired,” says Mikhail Dmitriev. “The work is already underway, but the difficulty is that there is no year-round road communication with the town. Delivery of construction materials depends on spring navigation, and the season opened only on 16 May. Therefore, not all materials have been delivered yet.”

In addition, the Olyokminsky District Central Hospital is waiting for new medical equipment worth a total of RUB 21 million to equip the trauma and surgical departments. It will be delivered and installed later this year. The hospital notes: these are extremely expensive purchases, for the republican and municipal budgets this is a serious expense. Therefore, support from large companies is so valuable for local healthcare.

The central hospital of Skovorodinsky District of Amur Region has already received new equipment for organ function screening. In addition, a local hospital will be repaired this year in Dzhalinda Settlement. It serves more than two thousand people, as residents of both Dzhalinda and three neighboring settlements come here for medical care. The oil pipeline company has repeatedly supported the medical institution: in 2018, for example, it helped prepare for the winter, as well as allocated funds for repairs of the heating system.

Local authorities emphasise that the social programmes of Transneft and its subsidiaries, such as Transneft East, provide significant assistance to towns and settlements and mean real support for their residents. Financing educational and medical institutions is the most reasonable investment.

“One can talk about new breakthrough technologies as much as they like, make grandiose plans for development of the regions, but all this is impossible to do without solving everyday problems in the social sphere,” says Aleksandr Puzikov, Director General of Transneft East. “Our charity programmes help solve these problems in the places where our company’s business units operate, where our employees live.”

On a related note

At the end of last year, Transneft completed the implementation of a strategically significant project: the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean trunk pipeline was brought to its planned capacity of 80 million tonnes of oil per year. Today, modern oil pumping stations and central maintenance divisions are in place, electric power transmission lines have been laid, access roads and bridges have been built in Eastern Siberia and the Far Eastern regions.

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