PAHO delivered protective equipment to medical personnel of 31 Venezuelan hospitals

More than 20 tons of protective equipment were delivered by The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO), to medical personnel in 31 Venezuelan hospitals and other health centers to strengthen the biosafety of the teams that serve the population affected by Covid-19.

It consists of more than 1.2 million masks, 200,000 respirator masks, 130,000 masks, 21,000 gowns and 9,000 protective safety glasses.

The supplies were distributed during the first two weeks of July, in the prioritized hospitals of the six states that concentrate the largest number of confirmed cases in the country such as: Apure, Bolívar, Miranda, Táchira, Zulia and the Capital District.

The PAHO / WHO and (local) health authorities accompanied the delivery and provided guidance on the proper use of bio-safety equipment.

Dr. Enrique Pérez, PAHO / WHO representative in Venezuela, explained that this delivery is “an absolute priority, given the challenges posed by the pandemic, is to create safe professional conditions for front-line workers. Nurses, doctors, and other health workers must be protected with appropriate personal protective equipment”.

This new delivery adds to the personal protection equipment previously donated by PAHO for the response of Covid-19 in Venezuela.

Information on the quantities, the type of equipment distributed, delivery and reception are recorded in a system developed by PAHO to guarantee transparency in the handling of international aid, reports a PAHO / WHO press release.