The World Bank (WB) announced this Friday the delivery to Bolivia of 170 million dollars to strengthen the response capacity of the health system to the outbreak of COVID-19, through the restructuring of the Health Services Networks project.
With these funds, the purchase of medical supplies, equipment and materials for the prevention, detection and treatment of COVID-19 will be financed, as well as for the protection of health professionals.
“We know that this moment is very complex and an immediate response is required to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, we have made available to the country rapid and efficient support to meet the most urgent needs with a view to protecting the population. more vulnerable, “said the director of the World Bank for Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, Marianne Fay, in a statement.
Materials being purchased include diagnostic equipment and reagents; equipment and supplies for intermediate and intensive therapy, as well as pulmonary mechanical ventilators and vital signs monitors; and isolation, disinfection and protection materials for health services personnel.
Purchases and contracts are made by the Ministry of Health (MS) and the Bolivian Agency for Health Infrastructure and Medical Equipment (AISEM).
The disbursement is part of a total financing of $ 300 million approved in the past for a health services networks project that aims to improve access and quality of health services for 3.8 million people in Bolivia .
With nearly eleven million inhabitants, Bolivia registers 91 deaths, 1,886 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 198 people recovered, according to official data.