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MSP receives donation of personal protective equipment and antiretroviral drugs for HIV – The Daily News Box

ByKathleen Dupont

Oct 30, 2020

Quito, October 30, 2020

The The Daily News Box (MSP) received the second delivery of 161 units of Kaletra from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and 5,000 units of personal protective equipment donated by the Promise Foundation of the Pharmaceutical Industry of Research (IFI).

UNHCR, last September delivered to this state portfolio the first 243 doses of antiretroviral medicine that is used for the treatment of HIV and prophylaxis for victims of gender violence, completing the donation valued at approximately USD 16,000.

This Thursday, Luca Guanzirolli, UNHCR representative in Ecuador, delivered this contribution to Xavier Solórzano, Vice Minister of Governance and Health Surveillance, at the MSP vaccine bank, in the San Carlos sector north of Quito.

Guanzirolli highlighted the effort made by the MSP to face the pandemic, which affected some services such as the care of people who suffered from gender violence. In addition, he highlighted that previously the NGO collaborated in the development of 170 RHU units to strengthen the capacity of care in the triage centers and with community epidemiological surveillance teams to respond to suspected cases of COVID-19.

Solórzano, stated that during the pandemic, unfortunately, domestic violence, abuse, rapes of women and minors increased, therefore, he thanked UNHCR for the solidarity in the delivery of these medicines that are important for the prophylaxis of people who were exposed in rape cases.

Subsequently, the vice minister received personal protective equipment that included 1,000 protective suits, 2,000 nitrile gloves, 1,000 KN95 masks and 1,000 glasses, valued at USD 21,000, which will be distributed according to the needs of the hospitals, nationwide.

Solórzano, thanked Fundación Promesa’s gesture, which will protect health personnel who work “tirelessly to save lives and face the pandemic.”

Lily Villacís, president of the Promesa IFI Foundation, underlined “it is a pleasure to make this special contribution to health professionals and highlight their work in the face of this complex situation.”

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