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Port Coquitlam clinic sending $30K worth of medical equipment to Ukraine

Wilson Pharmacy is donating crutches, ankle braces and others to support mental and physical health recovery in the war-torn country.

A Port Coquitlam pharmacy is aiding in the physical recovery of Ukraine, its citizens and its military members amid the country's ongoing war with Russia.

Wilson Pharmacy is donating 500 pieces of medical equipment to the Eastern European nation by way of WUNDERfund — a non-profit based in Canada that raises money and awareness for Ukraine's defence and humanitarian efforts.

When calculated, the total number of items were worth $30,000.

"We're grateful to have the opportunity to support those recovering or facing mobility challenges in Ukraine, and we understand that there is a great need for continual support," said Parm Johal, owner of the local family-operated clinic of 30 years, in a statement sent to the Tri-City News.

Wilson's medical equipment is earmarked for a new rehabilitation centre in Kyiv that's currently under construction and set to support the physical and mental health recovery processes for those impacted by the crisis.

Among the items set to be shipped overseas include:

  • Crutches
  • Walking boots
  • Joint braces
  • Ankle braces
  • Cold rush to reduce swelling
  • Heating elements
  • Oximeters

Johal says, by donating their home health care products to those in need, it'll also free up space at Wilson Pharmacy to allow workers to potentially double its services in the fall, which could include more vaccinations against influenza and COVID-19.

"This ensures clinical care is the focus, allowing us to be better prepared to serve the community locally all while supporting those in need on an international level."

WUNDERfund founder Jon Schmid first approached Wilson Pharmacy about donating medical equipment, and notes the items will be taken to a healthcare team in Kyiv until the new rehab centre is complete.

"These mobility aids will support those in their recovery and in their day-to-day lives," the statement further reads.

Wilson Pharmacy is located in Port Coquitlam's Wilson Medical Centre (2185 Wilson Ave.).

The clinic says it's currently in the midst of potentially expanding its services with the addition to dedicated vaccine appointment rooms, online booking and immunization training for pharmacists.