So you are fundamentally improving health services in Lviv?
Exactly. Successively, we are building a new 25,000 square metre rehabilitation centre with modern equipment and enough space to take care of a lot more people than before. The first additional 4,500 square metres are already in place and functioning, with more to come. In September, we also began manufacturing prosthetics there and we can produce 100 items per month. We want to grow this further and expand production, because the demand for prosthetics is enormous in the whole country. We are also planning to connect the rehabilitation centre with a new tram line to the downtown area. So, you see, we are not simply sitting back, we are working tirelessly to find solutions to our various problems.
Do you get enough funding from the international community for all of this?
We are supported by different institutions like the Red Cross, the EU, the World Bank and organisations like GIZ. However, for our rehabilitation centre we still need EUR 200 million. I hope we will get more international funding, because it is extremely important not only for our city, but for Ukraine in general. Here people can escape war zones and get treatment. I would like Lviv to have a medical hub with the best service in the country as soon as possible. Plus, the centre should be run on renewable energy only. We want to be completely independent of fossil fuels in the whole city by 2050.