Moldovan Government and the Council of Europe Development Bank signed a loan agreement on 12 million euro to upgrade the fleet of ambulances
The authorities plan to buy about 170 ambulances for the National Center for Prehospital Emergency Medical Assistance. The loan agreement was signed by the Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip and the Vice-President of the Council of Europe Development Bank Rosa Maria Sanchez-Yebra Alonso. The Prime Minister said that this agreement is very important for our country, since more than 80% of the 300 ambulances currently available work since the Soviet period, and the degree of their deterioration is 100%. In total, 450 new ambulances are required for the health care system, 70 of them were purchased last year, and this year about 170 more cars will be purchased. Pavel Filip noted that strengthening the health care system is a priority of the government, and the authorities are making efforts to make the intervention of specialized services more rapid and effective. To this end, a single emergency number 112 was launched recently. The Head of Government thanked the Council of Europe Development Bank for good cooperation focused on the priorities of the Cabinet. Among the projects supported by the bank were: modernization of the Republican Clinical Hospital, improvement of penitentiary infrastructure and provision of housing to vulnerable segments of the population. With 10 million euro provided by this financial institution, about 1400 people from 6 districts of the country received 400 apartments this year. Rosa Maria Sanchez-Yebra Alonso noted the government's efforts to implement the reform agenda, stressing the openness of the Council of Europe Development Bank to further support our country by introducing new projects that have a great impact on citizens. "We are ready to continue our fruitful cooperation. The agreement signed today represents for the bank an example of projects in which we would like to continue to participate," said the Vice-President of the CEB. As previously reported by InfoMarket, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, 35 "C" type ambulances (for intensive care) and 133 "B" type (vehicles for emergency medical care) will be purchased on the CEB-granted loan amounting to 12 million euro. The Council of Europe Development Bank was founded in 1956 and its shareholders are more than 40 countries. The CEB provides loans to its members, financial organizations and local authorities of the member countries, to finance projects in the social sphere. //12.07.2018 - InfoMarket.