On November 18th, 2020, the Deputy Minister of Health of the KR, Bakyt Jangaziev, accepted 30 air-oxygen-mixer devices, medical articles, and consumables from the Embassy of Germany for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
The transferred medical equipment is Germany’s contribution to the treatment and subsequent care of COVID-19 patients in Kyrgyzstan within the framework of bilateral cooperation.
Procurement of equipment was coordinated by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Society for International Cooperation), the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan.
The Head of Development Cooperation of the Embassy of Germany, Torge Matthiesen, underlined that Germany, first and foremost, relies on multilateral partners in the combat with the coronavirus pandemic’s implications. In 2020, the Federal Republic of Germany increased its contribution to the World Health Organization (WHO) to EUR 500 million. Germany is also one of the three largest donors of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) as well as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Germany is also working in the area of healthcare and economic development within the framework of bilateral cooperation with Kyrgyzstan.
In his turn, KR Deputy Minister of Health, Bakyt Jangaziev, expressed gratitude to the Government and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany for supporting the healthcare sector in the fight against the novel coronavirus infection. He further assured that the equipment will be distributed among the republic’s healthcare organizations as soon as possible and according to needs.
Due to the grave implications of the pandemic, Germany has up to now also delivered protective clothing, consumables for PCR-tests, and hygiene items to Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, the emergency unit of Jalal-Abad hospital for treating COVID-19 patients, financed by Germany, became operational in early July 2020 ahead of schedule.
Moreover, it is anticipated that an international group of experts, funded by Germany, will arrive to provide support in the diagnostics of COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan’s laboratories and minimize the risk of infection among laboratory staff.