UOC hands over tests for COVID-19 to Zhytomyr Regional Laboratory Centre

Tests for coronavirus detection were handed over to doctors on behalf of the UOC by the ruling bishop of the Zhytomyr Eparchy. Photo: Facebook page of Metropolitan Nikodim (Gorenko)

Tests acquired by the joint efforts of the UOC and the Novinsky “Pokrov” Foundation were donated to Zhytomyr doctors by Met. Nikodim of Zhytomyr and Novograd-Volynsky.

On April 7, 2020, on the feast of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos, the ruling bishop of the Zhytomyr Eparchy, Metropolitan Nikodim, on behalf of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, passed tests to detect coronavirus to the Zhytomyr Regional Laboratory Centre at the Ministry of Health, as reported on the Facebook page of the hierarch.

The event was attended by deputy chairman of the Zhytomyr Regional State Administration Viktor Gradovsky and chief sanitary doctor of the region Zinovy Paramonov.

During the briefing, the hierarch congratulated those present on the feast, urged everyone to join in charity and to unite in prayer and the combat against the epidemic. Metropolitan Nikodim also emphasized that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church prays for doctors, "who, on the front lines, as soldiers, save people today".

As reported earlier, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church donated 100,000 tests for the detection of COVID-19, purchased by Vadim Novinsky's “Pokrov” Charity Foundation, to all regions of Ukraine. The distribution of equipment and protective means acquired by regions was organized by the Ministry of Health and the Coronavirus Epidemic Headquarters at the Office of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky.

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