Montenegro: EU donates respirators and protective equipment

Montenegro: EU donates respirators and protective equipment

The fourth batch of medical equipment including 86 respirators and over 235,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, to cover the needs of the health system, was delivered to Montenegro. The donation is part of the European Union’s project for emergency support to Montenegro in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, amounting 3 million euros, which is implemented by the Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Montenegro. Since the beginning of the project in April, a total of 100 hospital respirators, 10 modern X-ray devices and over 400,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, including surgical masks, surgical gloves, surgical caps, waterproof overalls, surgical aprons, medical goggles, surgical shoe covers, etc. have been delivered.

On the occasion of the delivery of the equipment, the Head of EU Delegation to Montenegro, Ambassador Aivo Orav pointed out that the donation arrived just in time, when Montenegro was facing the second wave of the epidemic. “Respirators will significantly improve the capacities of the Montenegrin health system, in order to save the lives of the most vulnerable patients. However, I sincerely hope that not one of them will have to be used”. Ambassador Orav recalled that the EU had provided € 50 million in long-term support for health, economic recovery, entrepreneurship and business , as well as other sectors affected by the crisis. “We have provided an additional € 60 million for loans on extremely favourable terms, with the aim of supporting the economic stability of the country. We also plan to build two new departments within the Clinical Centre of Montenegro, for infectious diseases and dermato-venereology. The scope of our support to Montenegro, at a time when all EU member states are affected by the crisis caused by the pandemic, constitutes tangible proof of the sincerity and strength of our partnership. Montenegro can count on the support of the EU and its citizens, both in good and difficult times!”- Ambassador Orav concluded.

Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Milutin Simović emphasised that Montenegro, as well as many other countries, continues to battle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 epidemic. ”Our faith in success at the end of the road is based on the shared responsibility and the contribution of all parties– from the competent institutions to each individual who, by respecting the measures, contribute in their own way. Our optimism has been strengthened by the strong support, solidarity and partnership our ally and friend – the European Union, has shown, by donating 86 new respirators and 235,000 pieces of protective equipment.

This is the support of a united, strong and determined Europe and all its citizens, who see Montenegro as their friend and future member”, DPM Simović pointed out.

Miodrag Dragišić, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in Montenegro pointed out that no matter how much the pandemic shook the whole world, it also showed how important the spirit of unity and action with joint forces was, in order to overcome challenges and mitigate negative effects. “This is also supported by today’s event. This is the fourth delivery of medical equipment, as well as a confirmation of solidarity and a strong partnership between the Delegation of the European Union, the Government of Montenegro and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)”.

The Delegation of the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Montenegro signed in early April a contract worth three million euro for the purchase of necessary medical equipment and personal protective equipment for the needs of the health system. /ibna