On Tuesday, the European Union delivered 30 intensive care unit ventilators, 200 pulse oximeters, and 20 electrocardiograph machines to help Kosovo fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The value of this donation is about €900,000, and it is part of the €5 million EU assistance to Kosovo.
Acting Head of the EU Office in Kosovo Riccardo Serri urged the Kosovo government not to allow a further deterioration of the situation. He called on everyone to respect guidelines to protect themselves and others from the virus.
“Kosovo authorities also need to show the way, and give the fight against the pandemic the urgent attention it deserves. I would also use this opportunity to call upon the Government and the health institutions to make the necessary preparations in terms of budgetary allocation and other resources to prepare as best they can,” said Serri.
Minister of Health Armend Zemaj said the latest assistance will be of great help to health professionals and patients.
In their previous four batches to Kosovo in April, May, June and July, the EU has delivered 10 ambulances, 190 hospital beds, 6,000 COVID-19 testing kits, 150 infusion pumps, 127 patient monitors, 1.6 million different protective medical gloves, 127,000 respiratory masks, 60,000 disposable coveralls, 23,000 face shields, 3,000 protective goggles, and other medical equipment, the EU office stated.
The EU is also assisting Kosovo with around €63 million to support the country’s socio-economic recovery, and €100 million in micro-financial loans.