Ambassador Nataliya Apostolova, Head of the EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative, delivered today 6,000 COVID-19 testing kits, 90 hospital beds, over 67,000 respiratory masks and other medical equipment to Armend Zemaj, Minister of Health, to fight COVID-19 in Kosovo.
The shipment also included 350 finger pulse oxymetres and 5 defibrillators with pacemaker and trolley. The total value of this donation is around 800,000 euro, and it is part of the EU assistance to Kosovo to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The items have been procured through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
“I am glad we have gathered again today for another EU delivery of medical equipment to Kosovo health sector as an emergency response to fight COVID-19”, said Ambassador Apostolova. “I am very sorry however that this time Kosovo is turning from the success story of managing the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis into the third worst in Europe in terms of numbers hit in the recent weeks. I believe that we all need to do more to contain the situation before it gets worse.”
“Full respect of recommendations given by health professionals must be observed at all times: keeping physical distance, wearing masks, washing hands, avoiding crowds, closed area and close-contact activities. Everyone must be willing to comply with the rules. We should all learn to live with the virus, while protecting ourselves and others.”
Ambassador Apostolova praised Kosovo medical and laboratory staff for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In April, May and June, the EU delivered to Kosovo 10 ambulance vehicles, 100 hospital beds, 150 infusion pumps, 127 patient monitors, 1.6 million different protective medical gloves, 60.000 FFP2 respiratory masks, 60.000 disposable coveralls, 23.000 face shields, 3.000 protective goggles, 26.000 litres of hand disinfectants, 10.000 sets of bed sheets and 50 boxes for transporting lab samples.
In the next weeks, 30 ICU ventilators should also be delivered as part of the EU assistance to Kosovo, along with additional medical equipment.
Apart from this direct assistance to the health sector, the EU is preparing around EUR 63 million as mid-term measures for socio-economic grant assistance as well as around EUR 100 million loan as macro-economic assistance to Kosovo.