With funding made by European Union (EU), the World Health Organization (WHO) has supplied an additional 180 oxygen concentrators, 2000 pulse oximeters and other equipment to villages in Georgia.
The equipment was purchased through a large-scale by the EU and United Nations action to curb the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country by supporting and strengthening the rural healthcare facilities.
According to the reports, the pulse oximeters and oxygen concentrators were provided to the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia at a symbolic handover ceremony by Mr Carl Hartzell, EU Ambassador to Georgia, and Dr Silviu Domente, Representative of WHO and Head of the WHO Country Office in Georgia.
Moreover, the donation is recognised as a part of wider assistance from the EU and WHO to support Georgia’s response to COVID-19 and to minimise the covid impact.
Furthermore, this has included a provision of personal protective equipment, medical equipment and technical expertise. It will also include the training of healthcare workers.
While addressing in the meeting, Mr Carl Hartzel stated that “although handover ceremonies may have become a routine, there is nothing routine about individuals struggling to breathe or not having access to proper health care facilities. Together with our allies at the World Health Organisation and the government of Georgia, we are continuously working for the people of Georgia to ensure that they can get improved access to health care and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to standing with Georgia along with the rest of Team Europe during this tough time.
In the upcoming times, United Nations and EU’s support under this project will help build a more improved healthcare system with telemedicine capacities in Georgia to increase equitable access to healthcare services regardless of location.