WHO and Russian Federation provide essential equipment to children’s hospitals in Kyrgyzstan

WHO/Kubanychbek Monolbaev

Officials checking supplied medical equipment.

Essential medical equipment and supplies were handed over by WHO to the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan  in June 2014 for distribution to 10 pilot hospitals in 3 regions of the country and the National Mother and Child Health Protection Centre.  The equipment and supplies were procured within a project funded by the Russian Federation called “Improvement of the quality of paediatric care in first referral hospitals in selected countries of Asia and Africa.”

The 19 items of equipment were procured based on a basic assessment of the quality of care in the pilot hospitals. They included cardiorespiratory monitors, an oxygen concentrator with oxygen supply splitters, otoscopes, resuscitation sets for different ages, glucometers and supplies such as prongs, catheters and tubes.

At the handing over ceremony, Ministry of Health officials addressed the directors of all pilot hospitals and the press on behalf of the Minister of Health, Dr Dinara Saginbaeva.  The ceremony was also attended by Ms Nadejda Kalinina, Advisor to the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Kyrgyzstan and Mr V. Kuztetsov, Attache of the Embassy of Russian Federation.

Supportive supervision visits to the pilot hospitals conducted in July demonstrated that the equipment has been installed properly and is being used in all of the hospitals. Use of this equipment will help provide intensive therapy for severely ill children and contribute to reducing the hospital lethality due to major serious childhood diseases.