WHO and the European Union have delivered the total of EUR 3.5 million worth of equipment, reagents and expendable materials for 27 laboratory centers performing COVID-19 tests in Ukraine, Frederik Coene, Head of Operations Section 2 “Local and Human Development” of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, said at a briefing, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“The COVID-19 crisis became a hugely unexpected event, and the EU and European Union member states are ready to provide support in managing this crisis. …27 laboratories will receive equipment worth the total of 3.5 million euros. We are sure that it will really be very helpful,” Mr. Coene said.
The equipment includes, in particular, 25 amplifiers for PCR tests. The shipments will be disbursed among laboratories according to the needs determined by WHO and the Office of the President, and will continue till the end of August. The equipment that will be delivered to laboratories will help reduce the time of a laboratory test for the presence of coronavirus, and therefore, will increase the number of tests.
Speaking at the briefing, Viktor Lyashko, Deputy Minister of Health – Chief State Sanitary Officer, said that this equipment will allow to double, or even triple, the number of COVID-19 tests performed by regional laboratory centers.
He says that presently, Ukraine is performing up to 80 thousand COVID-19 tests per week.
“The number of laboratories we had at the very beginning of the pandemic was three. They performed 200-300 tests per day. Today, our response system has 82 laboratories performing up to 14 thousand tests per day and almost 80 thousand tests per week,” Mr. Lyashko said.
Ukrinform reported that last week, the EU and WHO provided material assistance to healthcare institutions in Ukraine, which included face masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment. In total, the EU allocated 190 million euros to help Ukraine combat the coronavirus disease.