The European Union ambassador to Guinea-Bissau, the Portuguese Sónia Neto, handed over to the country’s high commissioner for the fight against the new coronavirus, Magda Robalo, a set of medical equipment, as part of a request made in this regard.
On the occasion, Sónia Neto affirmed that the gesture fits “in the noble mission” that is to help Guinea-Bissau in the fight against the covid-19, he said.
Among other equipment, the European Union delivered pulse oximeters, blood gas devices, reagents, syringes, masks, hemodynamic monitors, non-invasive ventilators and respective accessories for monitoring critically ill patients.
The equipment was acquired within the scope of the Covid-19 Pandemic Response Support Project (PAR Covid-19) in Guinea-Bissau, implemented by the Marquês de Valle Flor Institute, budgeted at 230 thousand euros.
The project aims to improve the response capacity of Guinean health services in the chapter of diagnosis, monitoring, treatment of respiratory problems, one of the main causes of death by Covid-19.
Also in response to calls from the Guinean authorities, the EU ambassador announced that she would make available “an extra contribution” worth 1.3 million euros, to be handed over to the World Health Organization (WHO) delegation.
The batch of medical equipment offered by the European Union also includes materials under the Integrated Program for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PIMI II) in Guinea-Bissau.
Upon receiving the donation, the high commissioner against the covid-19 in Guinea-Bissau, Magda Robalo did not hide her “double satisfaction” with the equipment to combat the pandemic, but also with the materials for reducing maternal and child mortality.
Magda Robalo considers it essential to strengthen the Guinean health system, paying attention to other diseases, under penalty of the country experiencing more deaths during this period of the pandemic.
The official took advantage of the occasion “to reassure” people that the country has already passed the critical phase in terms of oxygen and that at this moment, she said, “no one will die for lack of oxygen” in hospitals.
Since the disease was declared in Guinea-Bissau in late March, more than 1,700 people have been infected, including 25 who have died.