Handover ceremony takes place for medical equipment and supplies being provided through UNICEF fundSociety
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On July 30, a ceremony took place to present medical equipment and tools being procured as part of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator Supplies Financing Facility (ACT-A SFF), a newly launched pooled fund by UNICEF to support low- and middle-income countries access to COVID-19 health supplies.
The ceremony was attended by Minister of Health S.Enkhbold, Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Canada Glenn Zyzanski, Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Mongolia Speciose Hakizimana, and other corresponding officials.
During the ceremony, Minister of Health S.Enkhbold highlighted the importance of the procurement of medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators and pulse oximeters and other essential supplies through the ACT-A SFF with financing from the Government of Canada, and expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government of Mongolia to the Canadian government for financing the procurement and UNICEF for providing the medical equipment and supplies.
He then noted that the medical equipment and supplies will be allocated to a total of 43 hospitals, including those in 21 aimags of the country, nine districts of the capital city, three maternity hospitals, and hospitals of the ministry as well as other hospitals providing treatment to COVID-19 patients.
Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Mongolia Speciose Hakizimana underlined that it will be possible to save the lives of many people with the use of oxygen concentrators, and thanked donor organizations and especially the people of Canada for providing support in supplying Mongolia with the necessary medical equipment.
Noting that the Government of Canada has provided a financing of USD 182 million to UNICEF’s ACT-A SFF program so far, Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Canada Glenn Zyzanski said that he is pleased to see Mongolia becoming one of the first countries to receive necessary medical equipment and supplies to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. During the ceremony, a document was signed for the handover of medical equipment and supplies.