Seven maternity hospitals receive life-saving ventilation equipment for newborns in the amount of 14 million KGS

21 December 2021
The handover in the Ministry of Health in the Kyrgyz Republic
UNICEF/Kyrgyzstan/2021

BISHKEK, 21 December 2021 –30 Constant Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines for seven maternity hospitals in Kyrgyzstan were officially handed over to the Ministry of Health by UNICEF during a ceremony attended by the Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, Alymkadyr Beishenaliev; the Ambassador of Japan to the Kyrgyz Republic, Shigeki Maeda; and the UNICEF Representative, Christine Jaulmes.

UNICEF purchased these 30 CPAP machines and 15 non-invasive transcutaneous bilirubin metres, with financial support from the Government of Japan, in the amount of KGS 14 million (US $ 165,300.00).

“We provide maternities with equipment to support the medical staff to save the lives of newborns. It is especially important for us to receive this valuable shipment during the coronavirus pandemic. We know that providing us with ventilation equipment designed for newborns and young children required enormous efforts since every country in the world is currently struggling with the consequences of infection, and respiratory problems are the most common and life-threatening ones,” said Alymkadyr Beishenaliev. Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The equipment will be distributed to the referral maternity hospitals in the Jalal-Abad region, Suzak district, the Osh regional and Osh city hospitals, the maternity hospital of the National Center for Mother and Child Health in Bishkek, the city perinatal centre and clinical maternity hospital #2also in Bishkek.

“The ‘International Universal Health Coverage Day’ was marked on December 12. The Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic and international organizations such as UNICEF have been making significant efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage in the country. However, disparities in healthcare still exist between urban and rural areas. It is clear that the mortality rate of infants and perinatal mothers, who are the most vulnerable, would be greatly reduced if quality healthcare was accessible at an affordable price for all. Japan expresses its commitment to help countries to build strong healthcare systems and ensure that the most vulnerable people have access to quality healthcare”, said the Ambassador of Japan to the Kyrgyz Republic Shigeki Maeda.

In 2021, UNICEF purchased 30 CPAP medical equipment within the framework of the joint project of UNICEF and the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic “Project for Strengthening Maternal and Child Healthcare Systems”, funded by the Government of Japan. CPAP devices were delivered from Amsterdam 10 days ago.

“For the last decades, Kyrgyzstan achieved remarkable progress in reducing child mortality by more than two thirds. However, every year, about 2,000 newborns do not live up to one month. The generous support of the Government of Japan to Kyrgyzstan helps us to save newborns’ lives and strengthen mother and child health. We can strengthen the healthcare system with such critical equipment and through medical staff training”, said Christine Jaulmes, a UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan.

The main referral maternity hospitals, which cover the largest number of deliveries, will be able to perform quality resuscitation services thanks to this equipment. In addition, the transferred equipment is of particular importance during the COVID-19 pandemic as it can be used to provide oxygen for COVID-19 cases.

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Communication Officer
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

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