Switzerland sends medical supplies worth over CHF 850,000Society
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Switzerland is helping Mongolia in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday 13 July, the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Department sent 40 oxygen ventilators and 45 oxygen concentrators to Ulaanbaatar for a total value of around CHF 700,000. In addition to this delivery of equipment, the SDC also granted CHF 150,000 for the purchase of four portable X-ray machines for the Ministry of Health.
In view of the health situation in Mongolia, and in response to the request for assistance made by the Government of Mongolia, the Swiss Humanitarian Aid has decided to support this country in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
A Swiss Air Transport Service plane took off from Dübendorf on Monday for Ulaanbaatar, carrying two thousand tons of equipment, for a total value of around CHF 700,000. In addition to the 40 oxygen ventilators provided free of charge by the Swiss Army Pharmacy, 45 oxygen concentrators and other supplies were also included in the shipment.
The equipment will be received by the Ministry of
Health and then transported to the various provinces. The Swiss Cooperation Office in Mongolia is in close contact with the local
authorities to ensure that the humanitarian goods are distributed fairly and
according to need, and in accordance with humanitarian principles. Special
attention will be given to children and pregnant women.
Mongolia is one of the priority countries for Switzerland. In addition to this delivery of equipment, the SDC also granted CHF 150,000 for the purchase of four portable X-ray machines for the Ministry of Health.
The shipment sent to Mongolia on Monday is the fourth delivery of Swiss humanitarian aid to Asia in the space of a few weeks. The Swiss Humanitarian Aid, which is part of the Federal Department, has already sent 13 tons of relief supplies to India, 30 tons to Nepal and 16 tons to Sri Lanka. It is constantly monitoring the health situation in the world in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and is ready to provide assistance in response to a request, if possible.
SDC in Mongolia is active in several areas such as agriculture and food
security, vocational education and training, as well as the governance sector.
The SDC is well known in Mongolia for its successful potato program in the
agriculture sector, where it helped Mongolia become self-sufficient in the
potato production. Switzerland has also promoted and supported the development
of vocational training by giving a special attention to closely link the supply
and demand of the labour market. In the governance sector, Switzerland
successfully introduced the development of a network of one-stop shops to bring
public administrative services closer to the citizens.