WHO hands over Interagency Emergency Health Kit to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova
On 30 July 2010, the WHO Country Office, Republic of Moldova officially handed over an Interagency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK), donated by Italy, to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova. The IEHK is designated to strengthen the health services in areas affected by the recent floods. During these floods, 2 people died and more than 2475 were evacuated to temporary shelters. According to the Government, the floods destroyed 1105 houses, 4100 ha of crops, 9 ha of orchards, 4108 ha of pasture land and 1220 ha of private gardens.
The IEHK provides essential medicines and medical devices for 10 000 people for three months. It is therefore estimated to be adequate to cover all needs for basic health-related supplies up to the end of the response and recovery phases of the disaster. The Italian Government procured the IEHK, on the request of and with logistical support from WHO.
The official handover took place at the National Scientific and Practical Centre of Emergency Medicine. It was attended by Dr Vladimir Hotineanu, Minister of Health of the Republic of Moldova; His Excellency Stefano De Leo, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to the Republic of Moldova; Dr Silviu Domente, from the WHO Country Office; aid workers involved in the response operation; and representatives of the mass media.
Dr Hotineanu expressed the Ministry of Health’s and Moldovan people’s gratitude to WHO and the Italian Government for supporting the health sector “at the right moment and in the right volume”. Ambassador De Leo emphasized the Italian Government’s readiness to further support the Republic of Moldova in recovering from the floods, and highlighted the importance of WHO logistical support in procuring and delivering the IEHK. Finally, Dr Domente explained the contents and destination of the kit and thanked all partners involved.
Staff of the WHO Country Office, Republic of Moldova were involved in the coordination of the response operations, led by the Government, from the beginning. On 14 July, the WHO Regional Director for Europe wrote to the Minister of Health of the Republic of Moldova, expressing her sympathy and offering WHO’s continued support. In its reply, the Ministry thanked WHO/Europe for its support in planning the response operations.