In the fight against COVID-19, the European Union and WHO have supplemented hospital provisions with medical equipment worth EUR 685,400
10 March 2021, Chisinau
300 oxygen concentrators, 600 pulse oximeters, and 5 artificial ventilators for recovery and treatment of patients with severe forms and breathing difficulties following COVID-19 have been additionally delivered to the Republic of Moldova with the financial support of the European Union in partnership with the World Health Organization. The EU and WHO continue contributing to strengthening the national health system by equipping hospitals and other healthcare facilities with much-needed equipment in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
The medical equipment worth EUR 685,400 will help monitor patients and treat moderate to severe COVID-19 cases. The aid is part of the EU-funded Solidarity for Health Initiative aimed at fighting the pandemic in the Eastern Partnership countries and focused on strengthening the resilience of health systems and the capacity of countries to respond to a public health emergency. The equipment will be distributed by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, according to the needs of healthcare facilities.
The 5 high-performing state-of-the-art ventilators will be installed in the intensive care units of the strategic institutions – Emergency Hospital, Republican Clinical Hospital, Holy Trinity Hospital, and Balti Clinical Hospital. Oxygen concentrators are used in oxygen therapy, which is so necessary for hospitalized COVID-19 patients and has been highly successful in application. Last but not least, it will be possible to use the 300 oxygen concentrators for a longer period, since they have been delivered with 300 sets of consumables that will cover 6-7 months of use.
Also today, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection has received a donation of 600 pulse oximeters from the German Federal Government, which will get to the primary healthcare institutions.
"The pandemic situation has become alarming at the national level. The number of people requiring hospitalization is constantly growing, and the capacity of the hospital system has to be strengthened. Thanks to the help of the European Union and WHO, the national health system is able to provide quality healthcare to patients. We highly appreciate the solidarity and permanent support of donors and development partners of the Republic of Moldova", said Tatiana Zatic, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection.
"The European Union and its member states are supporting the citizens of the Republic of Moldova in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Today's delivery of equipment is extremely necessary as the number of infections is growing and patients urgently need this support that can save their lives. The offered equipment is also supplemented by a donation from Germany. Acting together as the "Team Europe" and in partnership with WHO, we will continue providing the necessary assistance to the medical system of the Republic of Moldova in the context of the European Union's Solidarity for Health Initiative", claimed Peter Michalko, EU Ambassador to Moldova.
Dr. Igor Pokanevych, WHO Representative in the Republic of Moldova, also stressed: "The World Health Organization and the European Union continue supporting the frontline health workers in the fight against COVID-19. Additional provision of essential medical equipment is of crucial importance – it comes to save people's lives, helping treat as many patients as possible".
The COVID-19 pandemic has so far recorded about 116,874,912 cases, and over 268 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. As of March 10th, 2021, 196,475 cases have been registered in the Republic of Moldova.
On March 27th, 2020, the European Union announced a €30.5 million assistance package as contribution to prevention, detection, and response 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 healthcare workers and other personnel involved in the fight against COVID-19, and informing the public about protection 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 continuing support of the European Union, WHO, and the United Nations to the Republic of Moldova.
In the context of launching the vaccination campaign in the Republic of Moldova on March 2d, 2021 thanks to the donation of Romania, Team Europe, which brings together the European Union and its member states, is one of the main contributors to COVAX with over EUR 2.2 billion. Thus, the European Union's response to the coronavirus pandemic follows the "Team Europe" approach aimed at saving lives by providing rapid and specific support to EU partners in dealing with this pandemic. It combines resources from the EU, its member states, and financial institutions, in particular from the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Last but not least, the European Union and the WHO Regional Office for Europe will work together in a major effort to support the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination in the Republic of Moldova. The project funded by the European Union and implemented by WHO will cover all phases – constituting “end-to-end” support – of COVID-19 vaccine deployment and vaccination and will also serve as a major investment to strengthen the routine immunization system.
The project will be implemented by WHO over a three-year period as part of a €40 million European Union-funded initiative to support six countries in the WHO European Region in preparing for, deploying and monitoring rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.