UNICEF delivers medical equipment and medicines to the Ministry of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention to respond to third wave of COVID-19 in the DRC

17 July 2021
Symbolic handover of materials by UNICEF
UNICEF DRC Mangwinda

KINSHASA, July 17, 2021 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has today delivered medical equipment and medicines to the Ministry of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention to respond to the to the third wave of COVID-19 hitting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The 1.5 million US$ delivery includes resuscitation equipment, oxygen concentrators, electrocardiographs, personal protective equipment, N95 respiratory protection masks, electronic contactless thermometers, essential medicines, nearly 75,000 COVID-19 PCR tests, suction pumps and other consumables.

The delivery is part of a project aimed at developing the health system (PDSS Project) and which includes supporting the implementation of a national response plan against COVID-19. In this context, the equipment and medicines will be sent directly to the health facilities designated for the management of COVID-19 cases in epidemic hotspots such as Kinshasa and other affected provinces.

The medical equipment and medicines, which were procured using UNICEF's own funds and in partnership with the World Bank, PDSS and Novacyt, confirm the commitment of all partners to accompany the Government of the DRC in its mission to improve the health system and fight COVID-19.

"UNICEF supports the Congolese Government to strengthen the health system to cope with, contain and limit the impact of the third wave of COVID-19 in DRC. UNICEF will continue to support health workers with quality equipment to make the right diagnoses, identify exactly what patients are suffering from, address the most urgent care and reduce both morbidity and mortality from COVID-19," said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in DRC.

The third wave of COVID-19 to hit the DRC – and its capital city Kinshasa in particular – was announced by the national health authorities on June 03, 2021.

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