UNICEF in Cooperation with NIS Donated additional 50 Oxygen Flowmeters to Health Care Institutions in Serbia
Belgrade, 18 September - UNICEF delivered 50 oxygen flowmeters to the Clinical Centre of Serbia and Dragiša Mišović Clinical and Hospital Centre. The procurement of flowmeters was made possible by the NIS company, which responded to UNICEF’s call to the private sector for raising funds for the procurement of equipment for health care institutions in Serbia. Of this flowmeter batch, 20 are intended for the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, 10 for the Pulmonology Clinic, 10 for the Clinical Centre of Serbia and 10 for the Dragiša Mišović Clinical and Hospital Centre.
“Support to health care institutions is one of the cornerstones of NIS's corporate social responsibility. We wish to contribute, as much as we can, to Serbia's efforts to combat the epidemic, which is why we responded to UNICEF's call for the procurement of the necessary medical equipment. It is also a way to express our gratitude to the doctors for their extraordinary efforts during this period, as well as to contribute to further enhancement of treatment conditions for our fellow citizens. This epidemic has shown the importance of solidarity and NIS will continue with its strong support to the community in the future“, stated Kirill Tyurdenev, Managing Director of NIS.
While the most vulnerable patients are supported by ventilators, the flowmeter provides the basic oxygen support intended for almost 70 percent of coronavirus patients who need additional oxygen.
“Owing to the partnership with the business community and their true solidarity, UNICEF procured significant quantities of medical and protective equipment to support, from the very beginning of the epidemic, the Serbian health care system and ensure quality health care to COVID patients. We are glad that such an important company as NIS has joined forces with us, helping us provide 50 flowmeters that are now most needed by health care institutions“, stated dr. Jelena Zajeganović-Jakovljević, head of Health and Early Childhood Development Program in UNICEF Serbia. “UNICEF continues to provide the necessary support to doctors and all other health professionals and associates, because only together can we successfully overcome the challenges facing the health care system due to the new coronavirus“, she added.
The Director of the Clinical Centre of Serbia, Professor Dr. Milika Ašanin, expressed his gratitude to UNICEF for donating the state-of-the-art devices for oxygen therapy: “I would like to thank UNICEF for being with us from the very beginning of the epidemic, and today together with NIS. The oxygen flowmeters we received today are necessary for the treatment of COVID patients, because they enable them to receive additional oxygen, provide relief, thus helping many patients avoid the phase in which a ventilator is required. The Clinical Centre of Serbia, together with the Clinic for Infectious Diseases and the Pulmonology Clinic, has so far received a total of 95 oxygen flowmeters and 10 new, state-of-the-art ventilators, with 30 oxygen concentrators expected to arrive in the following period. This is extremely important and necessary equipment for us and we believe that our cooperation with UNICEF will continue at the same intensity in the future.“
In July, UNICEF issued an appeal to the business community to raise funds for the procurement of flowmeters. Owing to the rapid response of the private sector, UNICEF has so far raised funds for the procurement of 411 flowmeters.
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