UNICEF and Johnson & Johnson Foundation procure personal protective equipment for health workers
Belgrade, 11 February 2021 – UNICEF delivered personal protective equipment for health workers to the COVID hospital in Batajnica and the Clinical Centre of Serbia. Owing to a donation by the Johnson & Johnson Foundation and Janssen Serbia (part of the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson), worth 70,000 US dollars, 3,000 protective visors, 2,000 disposable gloves, 2,000 overalls, 10,000 gowns and 8,000 KN 95 masks were procured.
"UNICEF continues to provide its full support to national efforts to protect the population through the procurement of necessary equipment for the health system. The business community has demonstrated true solidarity, and in the conditions of economic uncertainty, allocated a part of its income to help the community. In the COVID hospital in Batajnica alone, the health workers put on personal protective equipment 1,600 times every day in order to protect themselves from infection when entering the red zone. We greatly appreciate the Johnson & Johnson Foundation's contribution to our work - especially in emergencies like the one we are now facing. Owing to their support, we can fight the coronavirus more efficiently and save the lives of people in Serbia”, said Vesna Savić Đukić, Fundraising Specialist.
The director of COVID hospital in Batajnica, Dr Tatjana Adžić Vukičević, expressed her gratitude to UNICEF for the donation to the health system of our country.
"On behalf of all staff at the COVID hospital in Batajnica and on my own behalf, I would like to express my gratitude to UNICEF and the Janssen company for the assistance provided to the COVID hospital in the form of personal protective equipment and disinfectants. There are currently about 400 patients here, of which 50 are in intensive care units. There is an ongoing battle for the lives of people who arrive not only from Belgrade but from all over Serbia. I hope that with the process of immunisation, in 2 or 3 months, we will put this disease under control and return to normal life”, said the director of the COVID hospital in Batajnica, Dr Tatjana Adžić Vukičević.
Representatives of Janssen Serbia (part of the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson) said they were proud of the Johnson & Johnson Foundation's partnership with UNICEF, resulting in a donation of protective equipment for health workers in the Republic of Serbia in the fight against coronavirus, worth 70,000 US dollars.
With this donation, the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, in cooperation with UNICEF Serbia, participates in the procurement of necessary medical equipment, which will improve and strengthen the health system of Serbia.
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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