Ventilators and Monitors for Patients in the Fight Against COVID-19 - One of the Largest Donations from the European Union and WHO
29 December 2020, Chisinau
34 ventilators for patients with severe COVID-19 in need of assisted breathing and 41 patient monitors have been delivered to the Republic of Moldova. This essential medical equipment has arrived in the country thanks to the financial and technical support of the European Union and of the World Health Organization within the EU "Solidarity for Health" initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the Eastern Partnership countries.
The medical equipment is worth about 1 million euros and is one of the largest donations from the European Union and WHO. It is to be distributed by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection according to the needs of the country's health facilities to be able to cope with the number of patients with severe COVID-19 admitted in need of assisted breathing. The supplies for the previously donated medical equipment - 356 oxygen concentrators and 210 pulse oximeters - have also arrived in Chisinau to provide for uninterrupted and quality medical care for child and adult patients.
"The health system copes with the current epidemiological situation and the number of hospitalizations due to the support from partners. We are pleased that our efforts are being strengthened and that healthcare institutions are being equipped to provide the necessary medical care to patients, especially those with severe forms of the disease. We thank the European Union and the World Health Organization for their solidarity and involvement”, said Alexandru Holostenco, State Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection.
"In these times of crisis, the European Union supports the Republic of Moldova in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. The equipment delivered with the support of the EU and WHO partners through the "Solidarity for Health" initiative is a concrete example of our support. In addition, a new initiative, with a total budget of 5.1 million euros, funded by the European Union and co-financed and implemented by the WHO, will soon begin to help the Republic of Moldova cope with current threats to public health. said Ms. Magdalena Mueller-Uri, Head of the Operations Department of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova.
Iuliana Garam, coordinator of health systems and procurement programs at the WHO Office in the Republic of Moldova, noted: “The World Health Organization and the European Union are further alongside the front-line health workers in the fight against COVID-19. The delivery of ventilators, indicated for the management of patients suffering from acute or chronic respiratory failure are vital equipment in saving the lives of patients with COVID-19."
The delivery of ventilators and monitors for patients is part of the European Union and World Health Organization's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which to date has seen more than 79.9 million cases in 216 countries and territories worldwide. As of 29 December 2020, 141,924 cases have been registered in the Republic of Moldova.
On 27 March 2020, the European Union announced a €30.5 million assistance package to help prevent, detect and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Eastern Partnership countries. The initial funds were used to respond to immediate emergency needs, such as the purchase of personal protective equipment, training of health and other staff involved in the fight against COVID-19 and informing the population about the protective measures. In the long run, the assistance will be aimed at strengthening the country's capacity to respond to public health emergencies and the health system will increase access to oxygen treatment, needed by patients.
The project is based on the continuous support of the European Union, WHO and the United Nations provided to the Republic of Moldova.
For more information, please contact:
WHO Office in the Republic of Moldova
Mob: +373 79 46 59 59
Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection
Mob: + 373 69 58 62 46
European Union Delegation to
the Republic of Moldova