MINSK, 28 May (BelTA) – Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, National SDG Coordinator Anatoly Isachenko together with UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki and heads of the UN agencies donated a batch of non-contact thermometers to the maternity clinics of Minsk Oblast. The event took place at the Clinical Maternity Hospital of Minsk Oblast, BelTA learned from the press service of the Council of the Republic.
“Partnership is one of the main principles for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Together with the UN country team we have decided to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Part of the funds for the SDG projects was used to purchase non-contact thermometers. We are happy to help and contribute to the common cause,” said Anatoly Isachenko
According to Anatoly Isachenko, similar events will be held in the coming days throughout the country. Thermometers will be handed over to orphanages for children with special needs.
In turn, Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki said that the total amount of funds raised by the UN agencies to support physicians and medical institutions in Belarus is about $5 million. “About $1 million has been redirected within the current projects for these needs. Another $4 million has recently come to Belarus through the WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, United Nations Population Fund, International Organization for Migration. New donors and partners from the private sector are joining us,” she said.
Chief Doctor of the Clinical Maternity Hospital of Minsk Oblast Piotr Mosko expressed gratitude for the assistance: “Any support is important for us today. I would like to say that there can be no trifles in the current epidemiological situation. The safety of contacts, treatment, and stay in a medical institution depends on compliance with strict regulations and attention to detail. Checking temperature with the help of non-contact thermometers is another degree of protection for both our patients and our staff. They are also easy to work with.”
Photos by Oksana Manchuk