Country’s Maternity Wards and Health Centers Will Be Provided with Essential Supplies and Hygiene Products
Chisinau, 26 May 2020. A consignment of essential supplies, hygiene products and disinfectants totalling MDL 285 thousand was purchased for country’s maternity wards.
The goods are intended for pregnant women, post-partum women and newborns, but also for health workers of 11 Level Two and Three Perinatal Centers in the country, which take care of about 80% of country’s births. The goods have already been delivered to the Mother and Child Institute and to the maternity wards in Causeni and Orhei. This will be followed by other shipments to the maternity wards in Soroca, Cahul, Ceadir-Lunga, Edineț, Hincesti, Ungheni and to the maternity ward of the Municipal Hospital No 1.
The donation is made under the ‘Prevention and Response to COVID-19’ Program, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by UNICEF Moldova. The project is part of the USD 2.2 million assistance provided by the US Government, through USAID, to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Moldova.
‘This aid is very important for Moldovan perinatal centers. We received goods that are very much needed for newborns, for pregnant women and for post-partum women. We can use these products to prevent the risk of coronavirus spreading,’ said Sergiu Gladun, Director of the Mother and Child Institute.
‘The Mother and Child Institute received a tremendous support, since many families are socially vulnerable and, now that the parents do not have the opportunity to work, these goods are very valuable for them. Also, health workers have the opportunity to teach the new mother how to properly disinfect all surfaces at home and take care of the baby,’ said Nelly Revenco, President of the Moldovan Pediatric Society.
‘While I was pregnant I wasn’t leaving the house, I was protecting myself. I was very scared to come and give birth,’ admits Lilia Schiopu, who has recently become a mother.
‘We know a lot about the coronavirus: that it is a global pandemic, we wash our hands all the time, we keep our distance, we stayed at home most of the time,’ says another new mother, Ina Tugu.
‘One of the most important, inexpensive, and available ways to prevent the virus from spreading is to frequently wash your hands with soap and water, as well as to disinfect surfaces,’ says Angela Capcelea, UNICEF Moldova Health Officer.
This support is provided in the context of preventing and combating the infection among pregnant women, children and breastfeeding mothers, but also among health workers, in order to respond in a coordinated, effective and prompt manner to the needs of vulnerable groups and of the ones exposed to higher risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the same program, all health centers in rural communities and district centers will be provided, in the near future, with hygiene products and disinfectants.
Globally, UNICEF has provided over 12 million people with hygiene products and disinfectants and about 1.67 billion people received useful information on hand washing and respiratory hygiene as measures intended to prevent the infection with COVID-19.
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