With the troubling rise of COVID-19 cases throughout Armenia and the low supply of much-needed medical equipment, FAR recently delivered a third round of more than 30,000 items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items, including masks, gloves, medical suits and gowns, thermometers, shoe covers and sanitizers.
“We have been in touch with almost all of those who are on the front lines of the Berd Region in order to understand their needs. When the virus reached our region and we registered the first positive cases, it appeared that PPE was one of the most critical things frontline doctors needed to do their jobs effectively,” says Lusik Aghababyan, manager of FAR’s Berd office.
Dr. Gagik Mikaelyan was happy to receive the protective suit from FAR since he administers PCR tests for the community of Movses on the border with Azjerbaijan. “Unfortunately we have registered positive cases, but I feel more protected now when I wear this suit before going to a patient’s home,” says the doctor who makes house calls and is the only general practitioner for a rural community of nearly 2,000.