United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF) office in North Macedonia donated the first seven out of 10 ventilators to health care institutions in the country to assist in the fight against COVID-19, UNICEF said in a press release on Friday.
Present at the donation ceremony, Health Minister Venko Filipce praised the support of UNICEF, noting that the donation is truly significant for the country’s health care system.
Filipce said that the ventilators will be distributed to intensive care units, where patients diagnosed with COVID-19 are treated.
In her remarks, UNICEF representative Patrizia Di Giovanni declared that now more than ever they see the importance of strengthening health systems.
“Only by working together can we ensure that every child is healthy, safe and learning, no matter what challenges countries face,” she said.
Valued at over 215,000 U.S. dollars, the ventilators are both for invasive and non-invasive therapy and can be used to treat both children and adults, UNICEF stated.
As part of the COVID-19 pandemic response, UNICEF is supporting North Macedonia‘s government in its efforts to reduce the impact on children and families.
On Friday, the health ministry reported 52 new coronavirus cases, raising the total number of confirmed cases in North Macedonia to 2,129, with 1,516 recoveries and 126 fatalities.