Venezuela receives 20 tons of personal protection equipment to fight COVID-19

A total of 20.2 tons of personal protection equipment to figh COVOD-19 arrived on Monday in Venezuela at the Maiquetía International Airport, La Guaira State.

Vice-president of Social Development Aristóbulo Istúriz and Minister of People’s Power for Health Carlos Alvarado received the provision sent by the UN System, PAHO/WHO from the People’s Republic of China within the framework of cooperation and humanitarian technical assistance.

The provision of personal protection equipment includes 1,500,000 facemasks, protection goggles and robes for health staff fighting the pandemic.

Minister Alvarado stressed that these supplies will be distributed in the National Public Health System with the assistance of PAHO, especially in bordering states such as Zulia, Táchira and Bolívar, where hotspots have been found, as well as in Caracas and Miranda State.

“The Bolivarian Government has been making great efforts to channel resources to the protection and comprehensive health care of the population by strengthening preventive actions,” said Alvarado.

Noteworthily, this is the fourth flight carrying humanitarian technical assistance for a total of 192.55 tons of medical-surgical supplies, personal protection equipment, emergency kits, water, sanitary and hygiene equipment, among other provisions, received by Venezuela to fight COVID-19.

“Amid the economic war, the criminal blockade and the illegal unilateral coercive measures in violation to international laws against Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro is making extraordinary efforts, through the diplomacy of peace, to guarantee the protection of the people,” highlighted Vice-president of Social Development Aristóbulo Istúriz.

Istúriz stated that the multilateral and bilateral agreements between the government of Nicolás Maduro and international organizations such as PAHO and WHO have achieved results, making it possible to send supplies and equipment to Venezuela to guarantee the security and protection of the people amid the pandemic.

Finally, Minister Carlos Alvarado thanked UN Secretary-General António Guterres, WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom and PAHO Director General Carissa Etienne for making possible the shipment of medical supplies and equipment to fight coronavirus in Venezuela.

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