Many young patients of the Paediatric Oncology Department of National Cancer Institute are temporarily unable to move around unaided and for various reasons have to use wheelchairs. This refers more to frailer in-patients who need to travel for a check-up or medical procedure to a different building / department / floor. It makes more trouble than sense to wheel most of them on a gurney: there wouldn’t be enough gurneys or nurses anyway. Nor there is a real need for that: such patients experience only temporary difficulties in walking or standing, but they can easily travel in a sitting position, though assisted by someone to push them. Young patients feel much more convenience being transported in wheelchairs.
The joint campaign “Special Transport for People with Disabilities” of the UWCF program “Walking to the Health Land” and International Charitable Fund “Contribution to Medicine Development” has donated multi-functional wheelchairs to the Paediatric Oncology Department of National Cancer Institute to create more comfortable conditions for boys and girls. According to Serhiy Pavlyk, Head of the Paediatric Oncology Department of National Cancer Institute, these wheelchairs will not satisfy all the department’s needs but are an appreciable help. Of course, the list of needs remains long.
The wheelchairs’ security is provided through the automatic braking mechanism, and they can be moved only with an external effort, by an attendant using a handle attached to the seat. The multi-functional wheelchairs have special compartments for documents at their rear, reliable footplates, and may be equipped with drip stands.
On that occasion, Liudmyla Lysenko, our manager of the campaign “Special Transport for People with Disabilities”, wished good health to all boys and girls, as well as to the institute’s entire medical staff: “Thank you for the noble work you are doing!”