RUSAL opens a modern multifunctional medical center in Guinea

Conakry, June 11, 2020 - RUSAL (SEHK: 486; Moscow Exchange: RUAL), a leading global aluminium producer, announces the opening of a new multifunctional medical center for the treatment of infectious diseases in Guinea.

The new medical center was constructed as part of the hospital within the Friguia bauxite-alumina complex. With all the necessary personal protective equipment, the newly built medical facility and its wards host 38 beds and includes an isolated infectious diseases department, a sanitary checkpoint for medical staff, an observatory, and an intensive care unit.

RUSAL was one of the first private companies to help Africa fight mass infectious diseases - in 2015, during the Ebola outbreak in the Kindia region, RUSAL built a Centre for Epidemic and Microbiological Research and Treatment (CEMRT), and such a hospital has been indispensable during this time as it was among the first to receive patients with confirmed coronavirus infections during the coronavirus pandemic. To date, more than 100 patients have been successfully treated there, and the same number continue to be treated. In 21 days, RUSAL has created a new multifunctional center to help Guinea's healthcare system and this acts as the second medical facility built by the Company in Guinea that can treat patients with coronavirus.

Yakov Itskov, Director of RUSAL's alumina business, said: "RUSAL strives not only to meet the highest standards in bauxite mining and alumina production in the country, but also to follow best practices to protect our employees, their families and residents of the region from epidemics and pandemics. In 2015, the Company did everything possible to help Guinea fight Ebola and the opening of the new Center is an important part of our contribution to strengthening the country's health system."

Commenting on the inauguration of the Center for diagnosis and treatment of patients with COVID-19 in Fria, Dr. Mohamed Diane, Guinea’s Minister of National Defense and Chief of Staff of the presidential executive office said: “On behalf of the President and government of Guinea, I would like to thank RUSAL for all the efforts it has made and continue making to help Guinea in difficult times. During this coronavirus pandemic, RUSAL continues to create new infrastructure for us. We are sincerely grateful for all these developments that contribute to the expansion of the capabilities of the health care system in the region.”
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