The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) today handed over to the Timorese Government a set of medical equipment, including beds, to reinforce health system conditions in response to the covid-19 pandemic, the organization said.

The medical material, which will partly be used to reinforce the conditions of the isolation sites, was delivered today by the representative of Unicef ​​in Timor-Leste, Valérie Taton, to the general director of the Health Services, Odete Viegas.

“This medical equipment and material is part of the preparation and response efforts, ensuring that children and their families receive the specialized care they deserve if they are affected by the coronavirus,” said Taton, at the delivery ceremony.

The material includes 28 medical beds, four stretchers, 12 lockers, medicine trolleys, wheelchairs, sheets, blankets and pillows and infrared thermometers, hand washing equipment and communication equipment.

Unicef ​​had previously offered two containers equipped with air conditioning, and water and sanitation facilities for quarantine and patient care, as well as promotional material about covid-19.

Odete Viegas welcomed the international support that has been given to Timor-Leste in the fight against covid-19, saying that the material will help to improve conditions in places related to fighting the pandemic.

Timor-Leste has recorded 22 confirmed cases of covid-19 so far, including one recovered.

Globally, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 164,000 deaths and infected more than 2.3 million people in 193 countries and territories. More than 525,000 patients were considered cured.

Source: DN