The European Union funded a procurement of one million units of personal protective equipment against coronavirus. Respirators, face masks, goggles, pads and coats will be shipped to hospitals across the country.
“This shipment, which contains almost one million units of personal protective equipment (PPE), was paid for by the European Union and procured by WHO in cooperation with other UN agencies. It includes 500,000 medical masks, 125,000 respirators, 250,000 coats, 50,000 protective pads and 2500 goggles. This quantity of PPE will fully cover the monthly needs of 50 healthcare institutions in personal protective equipment for their personnel,” the press release says.
WHO Office in Ukraine will distribute the personal protective equipment according to the needs of healthcare institutions designated by the Health Ministry of Ukraine.
This shipment is a part of the European Union’s assistance program for Ukraine and Solidarity for Health initiative aimed to fight COVID-19. In late June, equipment, expendable materials and reagents for laboratories will also be delivered to Ukraine under that program.
Free provision of personal protective equipment is one of the actions taken by the European Union in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already affected 216 countries of the world. In total, the European Union allocated 190 million euros to help Ukraine combat coronavirus.