The United Nations Population Fund delivered state-of-the-art medical equipment to the value of USD 520,000 to the Balti Perinatal Center. The donation was made by UNFPA with support from the U.S. Government, IPN reports.
“Over the next two months, UNFPA will fully equip 22 delivery rooms that will ensure safe deliveries for the estimated 15 thousand births annually. The newborns in critical conditions will be saved thanks to the modern equipment to be installed in Intensive Care Units of eight hospitals. Fourteen operating rooms will be fully modernized, as in most of the health institutions the operating theatres were outdated functioning for more than 20 years, in some places not replaced since 1979. A new room for gynecological surgeries will be equipped in the Chisinau Oncological Institute and will save lives by significantly reducing the wait time for female oncological surgeries,” says a press release issued by UNFPA Moldova.
Ib Petersen, UNFPA Deputy Executive Director, said that UNFPA is committed to strengthening the national health system of the Republic of Moldova and increasing the access of women, both Moldovan women and Ukrainian refugees, to quality maternal, newborn and reproductive health services.
On Wednesday, when the handover ceremony was held, over 30 women gave birth to babies.
UNFPA, with financial support of the U.S. Government, will fully modernize seven maternity and two specialized hospitals with lifesaving equipment. The 1.8 million USD worth of medical equipment was procured within the framework of UNFPA’s humanitarian response.
More than 2,500 children are annually born in the municipality of Balti. The equipment delivered to the maternity hospital in Balti and to the other national medical institutions is provided as part of the UNFPA’s mission to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted and every chiuldbirth is safe.