17 public healthcare facilities to be equipped with electricity generators provided by France through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism
The Ministry of Health received 17 power generators provided by France through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism. Thanks to this, 17 republican, municipal and district state medical institutions will be equipped with generators so that in the event of a possible power outage their activities are not affected.
During the official handover ceremony of the power generators, the Minister of Health, Alla Nemerenco, expressed her gratitude to the authorities of France and the European Union for the invaluable support provided to the healthcare system of the Republic of Moldova.
“I sincerely thank the French citizens for their generosity. Crises bring people together and strengthen solidarity – this was the case with the fight against the pandemic, and this is happening now, as we are so close to the war going on in Ukraine. I want to mention that power generators are absolutely necessary for the operation of any hospital, where the slightest interruption in the power supply can endanger the lives of patients connected to life support equipment in surgery rooms or intensive care units,” the Minister of Health noted.
It should be noted that earlier the Ministry of Health requested assistance in the form of power generators through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and France expressed its readiness to provide them.
“France and the EU have mobilized resources to help Moldova cope with the consequences of the crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. Today we are offering 17 power generators in response to a request from the Ministry of Health. Seven of the 17 power generators were donated by the French company Enedis, and ten by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, thanks to the contribution by local authorities and French companies. In order to ensure that the power generators are brought into working condition as soon as possible in accordance with all technical standards, four volunteers of the Electricians Without Borders organization arrived in Moldova,” said Graham Paul, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Moldova.
“We have all witnessed the amazing resilience of the Moldovan authorities in the face of the flow of refugees from Ukraine, as well as the extraordinary hospitality of Moldovan citizens who opened their hearts and homes to people fleeing the war. At the same time, this is an additional burden for the authorities, and especially for socially vulnerable citizens, including those with various medical needs. That is why the European Union and its Member States continue to support the Republic of Moldova in the spirit of Team Europe,” said Janis Mažeiks, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova.
The total cost of 17 power generators amounts to 487,381 Euros.