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Eni stands with Italy: the company supports local health facilities in fight against Coronavirus

07 April 2020 12:18 PM CEST

San Donato Milanese (Milan), 7 April 2020 – As part of its work to stop the spread of coronavirus, Eni has launched a series of initiatives to help local health facilities in the areas it operates in. These initiatives, which are additional to those announced on 13 March, bring Eni's total contribution to 35 million euros.

From the outset of the health crisis, Eni acted quickly to buy and import electromedical and personal protective equipment to donate to health facilities, including through a special airlift from China.

The equipment allocated to local health facilities includes about 600 ventilators, 55 portable oximeters, 127 syringe pumps, 38 patient monitors, 40 intensive care beds, and large numbers of surgical and superior masks.

This includes:

  • Eni sent ventilators for sub-intensive care to Giovanni XXIII Hospital and a local health facility in Bergamo;
  • in Basilicata, Eni continues to supply ventilators, intensive and resuscitation care beds, and mobile units equipped with spirometers, oximeters and ultrasounds, and CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) machines;
  • Eni has also helped local health units in Ravenna and Ancona, emergency services in Ravenna, and the Italian Red Cross in Pesaro, Ancona and Ortona. Eni is supplying medical equipment including respirators, lung ventilators and defibrillator monitors. All supplies are ongoing.
  • In Sicily, Eni has created an engineering plan to set up intensive care wards at all’ospedale “Vittorio Emanuele” in Gela, which would also help the Azienda Sanitaria Provinciale’s overall planned activity which involves the entire community of the Province. It is also supplying sterilisers to the hospital in Gela. For local health authorities in Messina and Milazzo, the Milazzo Refinery (Eni 50%) is supporting a project to create intensive care wards at Milazzo hospital. 
  • In Puglia, Eni has helped local health facilities in Taranto and Brindisi by providing intensive care equipment at specific hospitals chosen by the regional government. The company will soon be sending lung ventilators, ventilators and respirators, and patient monitors. Other equipment is also on its way to regular and intensive care wards in Brindisi.
  • Eni will deliver a large number of masks to local health facilities in Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, the Marches, Basilicata, Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia.
  • Eni has begun a great deal of medical and social work to help those fighting the pandemic in Italy, drawing on its previous experience of global medical projects.
  • Eni is the Agostino Gemelli IRCCS University Hospital’s sole partner on a project to build a hospital in Rome in the former private Columbus Hospital), which will exclusively treat patients with the coronavirus. The facility has 130 bed spaces, 50 of them in intensive care, and has advanced technologies for diagnosing the disease, including RCX, CAT and transthoracic ultrasound. The same project also set up an emergency department for coronavirus patients at Gemelli Hospital.
  • At Luigi Sacco IRCCS Hospital in Milan, the company is also setting up an emergency department for the treatment of infectious diseases.
  • In Pavia, at San Matteo IRCCS Hospital, Eni is helping set up a high-level isolation unit in the infectious diseases department.
  • Eni has also supplied medical equipment, including resuscitation and personal protection equipment, to the San Donato IRCCS Hospital.
  • Eni is also funding public information campaigns alongside the Federazione Italiana dei Medici di Medicina Generale (the Italian GPs' association). These include one on the role of family doctors in helping people fight the coronavirus, and another targeting older people, to inform them about services available to them to help with daily tasks now they are not allowed to leave home.
  • Eni has given the Lombardy regional government and Civil Protection a series of charter flights to transport medical equipment, such as ventilators and masks (in collaboration with the China-Italy Philanthropy Forum).
  • The company is in the process of finalising partnerships with the CNR Institute for Complex Systems and the Istituto Superiore di Sanità to use the calculation and modelling capability of its HPC5 supercomputing system, one of the most powerful in the world, for medical research related to infectious diseases. Eni has also made its supercomputing system and employee IT skills available to the Policlinico San Matteo in Pavia, to carry out epidemiological research on data regarding the access to health facilities.

Eni will continue to monitor for developments and for the changes in local health facilities’ needs.