Germany donated one million surgical masks to Moldova
09:31 | 17.09.2021 Category: Social
Chisinau, 17 September /MOLDPRES/- About one million surgical masks were additionally donated to the Republic of Moldova, with the financial support of the German Government and the World Health Organization. Humanitarian aid worth 291,000 dollars reached Chisinau yesterday.
According to the Ministry of Health, the personal protective equipment will be distributed by the ministry in municipal and district hospitals and in primary health care centers. Surgical masks will also be distributed in medical institutions in the Transnistrian region.
"The donation is very important for the protection of medical workers. Germany is one of the strongest partners in our country in the fight against COVID-19 virus. Of the total value of humanitarian aid and protection equipment received by the Republic of Moldova since the outbreak of the pandemic of 810 million lei, the value of aid provided by the German people is 305 million lei. Along the way they received: 100 lung fans, 900 pulse oximeters, 4 million masks, 7 million surgical masks, 500 million gloves, 156 thousand protective suits and today, to this support, 1 million masks are added. This gesture of solidarity demonstrates, once again, how important it is to respect epidemiological measures, such as social distance, wearing a face mask, regular hand sanitization and vaccination against COVID-19 to fight the pandemic, " Health Minister Ala Nemerenco said.
For her part, Angela Ganninger, German Ambassador to Chisinau said: “Germany has supported the Republic of Moldova since the outbreak of the pandemic with aid worth almost 20 million dollars, the largest single contribution to the fight against the pandemic in Moldova. Thus, Germany shows solidarity with the people of the Republic of Moldova ".
Miljana Grbic, WHO representative in Chisinau, said “at the beginning of the pandemic, it was found that medical workers around the world were exposed to a degree of COVID-19 infection three times higher than the general population. “One of the main concerns of the WHO is to provide healthcare professionals with personal protective equipment. Their lack and insufficient training in their use leads to an increase in the number of illnesses among employees in hospitals and health centers. Until now, the Republic of Moldova has received direct humanitarian aid from the WHO in the amount of 6.5 million USD ", said Grbic.
WHO data show that more than 200 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide.