Switzerland is helping Mongolia in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In view of the health situation in Mongolia, and in response to the request for assistance made by the Government of Mongolia, the Swiss Humanitarian Aid has decided to support this country in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
A Swiss Air Transport Service plane took off from Dübendorf on Monday for Ulaanbaatar, carrying two tons of equipment, for a total value of around CHF 700,000. In addition to the 40 oxygen ventilators provided free of charge by the Swiss Army Pharmacy, 45 oxygen concentrators and other supplies were also included in the shipment.
The equipment will be received by the Ministry of Health and then transported to the various provinces. The Swiss Cooperation Office in Mongolia is in close contact with the local authorities to ensure that the humanitarian goods are distributed fairly and according to need, and in accordance with humanitarian principles. Special attention will be given to children and pregnant women.
Mongolia is one of the priority countries for Switzerland. In addition to this delivery of equipment, the SDC also granted CHF 150,000 for the purchase of four portable X-ray machines for the Ministry of Health.
The shipment sent to Mongolia on Monday is the fourth delivery of Swiss humanitarian aid to Asia in the space of a few weeks. The Swiss Humanitarian Aid, which is part of the Federal Department, has already sent 13 tons of relief supplies to India, 30 tons to Nepal and 16 tons to Sri Lanka.