EU and WHO supply medical equipment to Belarus to tackle COVID-19
April 28, 2021

EU and WHO supply medical equipment to Belarus to tackle COVID-19

On 27 April, the European Union and the World Health Organisation in Belarus supplied medical equipment to Belarus to help tackle the third wave of COVID-19. The equipment, meeting all WHO requirements and worth a total of $850,000, was purchased and delivered to the Republican Centre for Medical Response as part of the EU-funded Solidarity for Health Initiative.

The consignment includes:

  • Almost 5,500 reservoir oxygen masks for respiratory support of oxygen-dependent patients with coronavirus pneumonia.
  • 160 high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy devices for severe COVID-19 patients who require noninvasive respiratory support.
  • 20,000 rapid tests for COVID-19 diagnosis for district hospitals that have encountered problems diagnosing COVID-19 because of lengthy test confirmation or long distance to the regional PCR laboratory.

“Today’s delivery is yet another example of our support and determination to respond to the immediate needs of the health system. The number of people infected with COVID-19 continues to grow and so does the need for essential equipment,” said EU Ambassador to Belarus Dirk Schuebel. We will continue to provide the necessary assistance in partnership with the WHO and other International Organisations in the context of the European Union’s Solidarity for Health Initiative.”

This aid will be distributed and delivered to the regions in the next day or two. A week ago we announced the beginning of the so-called third wave of coronavirus, so this aid is very timely indeed, said Boris Androsyuk, Deputy Minister of Healthcare, Republic of Belarus.

The Solidarity for Health Initiative is funded by the European Union in the six Eastern partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. It aims to ensure an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen the capacity of national health systems to prevent, prepare for, detect and respond to public health emergencies.

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