COVID-19 personal protection equipment worth of over $ 270,000, delivered by UNICEF to Romania this week

Four hospitals in Bucharest and six localities in the country will receive a total of 7.5 tons of materials

20 December 2021
Medical supplies
UNICEF / Ioana Moldovan

BUCHAREST, December 20, 2021 - UNICEF delivered several thousand personal protective equipments to two Bucharest hospitals on Monday, in an action carried out as part of the organization's work to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Deliveries will continue this week to other medical institutions in Bucharest, but also to communities in Brașov and Bacău counties.

The Universitar Emergency Hospital of Bucharest received on Monday from 22,000 gloves, 3,000 coveralls, 432 face shields, 1,576 disposable gowns and 240 pairs of goggles, for the medical staff of the institution. Also on Monday, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases "Prof. Dr. Matei Balş"  saw the delivery of 2,950 coveralls, 2,756 disposable gowns, 22,000 gloves, 240 pairs of goggles and 30,000 surgical masks.

During this week, other shipments will arrive at the Bucur Maternity Hospital and the Institute for the Health of Mother and Child Alessandrescu-Rusescu. UNICEF will also distribute thousands of personal protective equipment - surgical masks, disposable gowns and protective gloves - to Brașov, Bacău, Moinești, Colonești, Corbasca and Buhuși mayoralities.

The value of the personal protective equipment weighing 7.5 tons this week is 273,000 US dollars received by UNICEF Romania from its Procurement Division based in Copenhagen. In total, UNICEF will deliver 11,865 coveralls, 131,650 surgical masks and 10,000 FPP2 masks, 1,000 visors, 12,732 disposable gowns, 119,600 protective gloves, and 1,000 pairs of goggles.

"In an emergency hospital, protective equipment is always welcome, so we thank UNICEF for its support now, near the winter holidays. Wearing protective equipment means protecting both our medical staff and our patients. At the Universitar Hospital hundreds of patients come to Bucharest every day, both to the Emergency Department and to the Integrated Outpatient Clinic and we offer everyone the necessary care in safe conditions ", said Prof. Dr. Pop Corina Silvia, Medical Director of the Bucharest University Emergency Hospital.

"I want to thank UNICEF for all the help it has given us during this period. All the staff of the ‘Matei Balș’ Institute needs this protective equipment in order to be able to take care of patients safely. This Christmas present came at a very opportune time, so that we can spend this holiday season in good conditions for both us and our patients ", said the Medical Director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases" Prof. Dr. Matei Balș ", Dr. Cătălin Apostolescu.

"Through this concrete action, UNICEF provides essential protection materials to support the hardworking professionals at the frontline of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The medical system in Romania has been under maximum pressure in recent months and we are glad that we can contribute, with these materials, to the protection of those who work tirelessly to protect the health of the most vulnerable. At the same time, we support the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination efforts. Let's not forget that vaccines offer the most effective protection, for us and for our loved ones, against the deadly COVID-19 disease ", said Gabriel Vockel, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Romania.

In 2020, globally, UNICEF purchased $ 4.488 billion worth of goods and services for children. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF has provided medical supplies to support countries in the fight against COVID-19 with a view to protect the most vulnerable girls and boys. As of December 17, 2021, UNICEF had delivered 655.452 million COVID-19 vaccines in 109 countries, 726.6 million syringes in 99 countries, 389.9 million surgical masks, 291.7 million gloves, 23 4 million N95 masks, 10.3 million disposable gowns and 40,084 oxygen concentrators.

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