In Rezina, people to benefit from better healthcare

02 Jul 2013

imageVladimir Krivenco, 77 year-old, comes to Rezina hospital from Râbniţa, a town on the left bank of the Nistru River. Photo: UNDP

As of today, the rayon hospital from Rezina has a new General Surgery Unit. The European Union and the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the local public administration provided over 115,000 Euro for its renovation.

Annually, about 2,000 people from Rezina rayon, and Ribnita and Camenca localities from the left side of the Nistru River are treated in the General Surgery Unit. Even though the Unit covers four vital departments in the hospital –intensive care, traumatology, urology, and otolaryngology–these have not been repaired for years and were in a critical condition. The EU-UNDP “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme helped change all doors and windows, electricity and heating distribution networks, and water and sewerage supply systems in all four departments, which also undergone renovation and refurbishment works.  Also, all these departments were equipped with furniture.

“With donors’ help, we can provide today better treatment conditions for people from both sides of the Nistru River, and thus build good relations between them. This investment was very timely, offering the possibility to also access other funds to improve healthcare services in our rayon”, said Maria Florea, Director of the hospital.

The renovation of the surgery units is part of an EU-UNDP wider programme which promotes confidence among people from both sides of the Nistru River.

“I am proud to inaugurate today the General Surgery Department, which shows that the assistance provided by the EU is of direct benefit to the citizens and may, in the present case, virtually save lives, while fostering cross-river cooperation”, said Dirk Schuebel, Head of the EU Delegation in the Republic of Moldova.

“Today’s event is another major step in creating better living conditions. A further 35 renovation projects are being carried out in kindergartens, schools, social and health centers which contribute to improving the quality of life and building confidence and cooperation between the two sides of the Nistru River”, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova. “In the near future, we will join our efforts to renovate the hospital in Ribnita”.

The “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme supports local public authorities, representatives of civil society organizations, businessmen and other stakeholders from both sides of the Nistru River to carry out joint activities in five key areas: business development, civil society development, social infrastructure renovation, healthcare and environment protection.

The Programme which is implemented during 2012-2015 has a total budget of 10,600,000 Euro, out of which 9,500,000 Euro is provided by the European Union and 1,100,000 Euro by UNDP.

Contact Information

Viorel Albu, Manager, Community Development, SCBM Programme, Tel: (+ 22 373) 839 872, E-mail: viorel.albu@undp.org or Natalia Costaş, Communication Consultant, SCBM Programme, Tel: (+ 373) 69221141, E-mail: natalia.costas@undp.org