UNICEF donates personal protective equipment worth over KGS 22 million to help the Kyrgyz Republic respond to COVID-19
BISHKEK, 1 April 2022 – Today, UNICEF delivered personal protective equipment worth over KGS 22,000,000 to the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis as part of its support for the response to COVID-19.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was procured upon request of the Ministry through UNICEF’s Supply Division based in Copenhagen - the world’s largest humanitarian warehouse. The donated batch of PPE is intended for frontline medical workers involved in the treatment of COVID-19. It includes 7,000 protective suits, 375,000 surgical masks, 75,000 respiratory masks, 4,000 protective visors, 7,000 gowns, 225,000 medical gloves and 4,000 goggles.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kyrgyzstan, like all other countries in the world, has been facing a massive health crisis. Today, we received the personal protective equipment that our doctors need to withstand the COVID-19 pandemic. I express my gratitude to UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan for the assistance provided in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and improving the health of the population of the republic,” said Ainura Akmatova, head of the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has not ended and new waves are to be expected. This is why UNICEF continues to work tirelessly to distribute critical supplies worldwide in response to COVID-19. It includes personal protective equipment, vaccines, syringes, cold chain equipment, and medicines. In close collaboration with the Government of Kyrgyzstan, we are handing over these protective supplies to medical facilities in Kyrgyzstan so that everyone can be protected”, said Christine Jaulmes, UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan.
UNICEF will continue to support the Government in the COVID-19 response by providing essential supplies for frontline workers and supporting the socioeconomic measures to ensure that every child can survive and thrive.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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