Posted by: Mazur Rodica
News / Social
14 July 2020 / 16:12
Medical equipment for Moldova, provided by the EU and WHO
The first batch of medical equipment, offered by the European Union (EU) and the World Health Organization (WHO), worth over 2.8 million euros, arrived in Chisinau. The support provided includes about 1.5 million personal protective equipment - medical masks, respirators, goggles and gowns - needed in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The support received will allow us to increase the safety and security of medical staff involved in treating patients with COVID-19. The generous support provided by the EU and WHO to the Eastern Partnership countries is further evidence of the creation of a common front at regional and global level. The aid we receive today is part of the complex measures that the Government, assisted by development partners, is taking to combat the spread of COVID-19," the Prime Minister mentioned.
"We are confident that of the provision of personal protective equipment and medical devices, such as ventilators, laboratory kits, masks, goggles and gowns, will benefit both front-line medical workers and all Moldovan citizens," said Peter Michalko, EU Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova.
"We are grateful for the medical equipment provided by the European Union and the WHO, the strategic partners in the fight against COVID-19 infection. These will be distributed to all medical institutions in the country, in order to protect the heroes from the front line,” declared the Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection, Viorica Dumbrăveanu.
For his part, Igor Pokanevych, the WHO representative and head of the WHO Office in the Republic of Moldova, said: “Medical workers are at the forefront of our response to COVID-19, which means that they face an increased risk of exposure. to coronavirus infection. They are our heroes, but they are not people with superpowers. The delivery of protective equipment, possible thanks to the generous contribution of the EU, will make a significant contribution to reducing the risks faced by health professionals every day and will help protect them, patients and people vulnerable to this virus but will also save the lives of those who need assisted breathing and oxygen”.
Donating personal protective equipment is part of the European Union's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen more than 12 million cases in 216 countries and territories worldwide. According to a Government statement, the Republic of Moldova will receive the second batch of equipment, which will include several laboratory devices and will allow the expansion of patient testing capabilities, training of medical staff in patient detection and treatment, providing patients with drugs and medical equipment.