The European Union and UNICEF deliver critical supplies to the COVID-19 primary health care workers in Cahul and Ungheni
Chisinau, 5 August 2020. The European Union supports measures to prevent and manage the spread of novel coronavirus in 90 local communities, that are partners of the “EU4Moldova Focal Regions”, funded by EU and implemented by UNICEF and UNDP.
A specific batch of 2,000 waterproof gowns and 1,600 disposable non-woven protective suits for more than 580 frontline healthcare workers from more than 100 primary healthcare units, purchased from EU funds, are provided to the primary healthcare centers in Ungheni and Cahul districts as part of the “Solidarity for Health” initiative, a concrete example of how the EU supports the Moldovan healthcare system to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The equipment will help to reduce infection risks frontline health workers are facing daily.
This special primary health care related support (in an amount of almost €20,000), is made possible under the EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNICEF and UNDP.
“The European Union remains one of the biggest supporters of the Republic of Moldova during these challenging times. Together with its Member States, as TeamEurope, and international partners, we are here to contribute to the support required by the people and health sector workers to prevent and overcome the consequences of this crisis.” said Peter Michalko, the European Union Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova.
“Health workers are undeniably at the front line of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and family doctors and home visiting nurses can almost be considered the silent heroes and heroines of the coronavirus crisis. They are the ones who also do home visits and are often the first to come in contact with COVID-19 patients, and therefore at high risk of exposure to the virus. The delivery of this protective equipment, made possible thanks to the generous contribution of the European Union, will go far in reducing the risk primary health-care workers from Cahul and Ungheni face in their daily work and help protect them, families and children from this virus,” said Desiree Jongsma, UNICEF Country Representative in Moldova.
“The current context and the public health crisis determine us to give priority to supplying healthcare centers and their staff with the necessary personal protective equipment, as well as to public education and prevention measures. I would like to thank the EU and UNICEF for this very necessary support for Cahul during this period,” said Nicolae Dandiș, the mayor of Cahul city.
"Undoubtedly, this support is not only necessary, but also timely. Our doctors and nurses need more than ever personal protective equipment. They need the support of the community, the state, but also development partners. We thank the European Union for its permanent and unconditional support,” said Alexandru Ambros, the mayor of Ungheni city.
The "EU4Moldova: Focal Regions" Programme (2019-2025) supports the development of smart, inclusive and sustainable regional growth poles in Ungheni and Cahul, to bring a better quality of life and new opportunities to citizens.
As part of its global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the European Union stands by its Eastern Partner countries and has reallocated resources to tackle the most immediate needs to the Republic of Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine.
A shipment of 1.5 million pieces of personal protective equipment, including medical respirators and masks, goggles and gowns, funded by the European Union and procured by WHO has already arrived in the country, to help enable health-care workers in the Republic of Moldova to respond effectively and safely to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, assistance is provided to the Republic of Moldova from projects that are either ongoing or planned. This will support the urgent, short-term emergency response to the crisis and the resulting humanitarian needs and provide assistance to overcome the economic and social consequences.
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