#COVID19: World Bank Provides Medical Aid To DR Congo

The aid includes different equipment to help Democratic Republic of Congo counter the deadly virus.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has received medical equipment from the World Bank to be used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The equipment consists of reanimation beds, oxygen concentrators, respirators, ventilators, and monitors of vital signs in patients. 

Besides being used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, the equipment will also be used in the treatment of other patients under intensive care. The first public medical facilities to receive the equipment were the Clinique Ngaliema and the General Hospital in Kinshasa.

“We have the pleasure of putting at your disposal the materials for the reanimation of patients. We hope that these materials would serve the population of Kinshasa,” said Dr Dominique Baabo, Coordinator of the Control Unit of the Programme for the Development of the Health System, UG-PDSS, at the handing over ceremony in Clinique Ngaliema on Thursday, Sept. 9.

“We have reanimation beds, respirators, ventilators, oxygen concentrators, monitors of vital signs, in fact, there is all the necessary material for the effective handling of the patients. Here, we talk mostly of intensive care and reanimation but there are not only COVID-19 patients who are in these situations. 

“It is true that the equipment is given within the context of the fight against Covid-19 but in principle, it is intended to reinforce the health system, to reinforce the technical platforms of all the hospitals which are going to benefit from these materials.”

On its part, the management of Clinique Ngaliema promised to make good use of the donated materials/equipment.

“This is not the first time we have received the leadership of the UG-PDSS in this institution. We appreciate this gesture. Through the government of the republic, we tell you that we are happy for this gesture. We reassure you that we are going to make sure that the materials which you have given us today will be put into good use,” Dr Roger Kongo, Medical Director of Clinique Ngaliema who received the materials said. 

At the Kinshasa general hospital, Dr Jean-Pierre Lokonga who handed over the equipment called on the management of the hospital to use the equipment in such a way that it would attain its health objectives.

The equipment was received by Dr Cedric who thanked the UG-PDSS and the Congolese government for thinking of their hospital and promised that the equipment would be put into good use. The UG-PDSS project equipment is intended to benefit sixteen hospitals and Covid-19 treatment centres throughout the city/province of Kinshasa.

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