The Bulgarian Ministry of Health announced on June 3 that the European Union-funded project “Fight against Covid-19” will be extended until December 8 of this year.
The ministry said it would announce two procedures under the Government Procurement Law for the purchase of laboratory equipment.
Bulgaria‘s first cases of Covid-19 were registered on March 8, 2020 and in April of the same year a contract was signed for the project “Fight against Covid-19” funded with more than 40.4 million leva from the Operational Program “Regions in the Growth” funded by the EU.
The Health Ministry revealed how the funds were used, saying 453 ventilators to treat Covid-19 patients had been purchased and delivered to state, municipal and state medical facilities.
10,000 high-quality medical pulse oximeters were delivered to emergency medical centers.
The National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD) received an automated extraction system and a real-time PCR detection system with 46,000 extraction tests and 46,000 detection tests, as well as laboratory equipment of various kinds.
A total of 144,000 PCR tests were provided to NCIPD, Sofia Regional Health Inspectorate, Plovdiv Medical University, Pleven Medical University and University Hospital in Stara Zagora.
Also purchased were 1.5 million surgical masks, 3,110,103 non-medical masks, 200,000 pairs of goggles, 2,391,600 pairs of protective footwear gears, 150,000 pairs of protective footwear gears, 60,000 reusable protective gowns, 391,098 disposable protective gowns and 20,664 liters disinfectant.
The Ministry of Health said the main activities of the project are the provision of medical equipment, including devices for invasive ventilation and diagnostics.
“The aim is to increase the capacity of hospitals treating patients with Covid-19, as well as the National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases,” the ministry said.
It said protective clothing, masks, equipment and other items were provided to staff at medical facilities, regional health inspections, emergency medical centers, as well as NCIPD staff.
Separately, local TV channel bTV said on May 22, citing data provided to it by the Health Ministry, that Bulgaria had spent 320 million leva (about 163.6 million euros) to buy vaccines against Covid-19.
On June 1st, local media said that Bulgaria – the country with the lowest vaccination rate in the EU-EEA area – threw away vaccines against Covid-19 worth about 4.6 million euros, about nine million leva.
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