UNICEF brought ten oxygen concentrators from its Supply Division in Copenhagen

26 August 2020
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UNICEF Moldova/2020

Chisinau, 26 August 2020. UNICEF procured and delivered ten oxygen concentrators, with a total value of 131,377 MDL to the Institute of Emergency Medicine today. 

A large number of Covid-19 patients require oxygen therapy and monitoring. Oxygen concentrators provide a continued source of oxygen flow to patients to support those who have difficulties breathing. It takes in air from the environment, removes the nitrogen and produces concentrated oxygen.  

One such deviсe can be used for either one adult bed, or for five pediatric beds. Therefore, a number of these oxygen concentrators will be used in pediatric intensive care units. Since the onset of the pandemic in the Republic of Moldova, nearly 2,000 children were infected with Covid-19, with more than 500 being under the age of 5 years old.  

”These devices are widely used in the intensive care of patients with COVID-19, especially in medical institutions that do not have engineering networks for oxygen in intensive care. The first function is to ventilate and separate pure oxygen from the air in the atmosphere to make intensive care procedures easier,” said Mihail Ciocanu, Director of the Institute of Emergency Medicine.  

”In a regular institution, about 20-30% of patients with COVID-19 need oxygenation. Such a device can be used in four patients for a month, and in a year more than 50-60 patients can be treated with this device. Of the total number of infected patients in the Republic of Moldova, about 14% are children and mothers who care for children, which means that a large part of them will need these devices,” added Mihail Ciocanu, Director of the Institute of Emergency Medicine.  

“UNICEF supports the health authorities in their response to Covid-19, including in the provision of both essential medical supplies and equipment”, said Desiree Jongsma, UNICEF Country Representative in Moldova. “This specific batch of oxygen concentrators will further support health workers in saving lives, including those of small children, both during this pandemic and beyond,” added Desiree Jongsma.   

In the following months, UNICEF will continue to provide additional personal protective equipment for the front-line workers in health and non-health entities in order to ensure the efficient and safe provision of public services during the COVID-19 crisis.  

As a global leader in the procurement of products and services for children, UNICEF works with suppliers and the private sector at large to secure affordable prices and the best value for money.  

So far this year, UNICEF globally has shipped more than 16,000 oxygen concentrators to 90 low- and middle-income countries.

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UNICEF Moldova
Tel: + 373 22 26 91 53

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