Financial Mirror (Cyprus)

US donates X-ray machines for coronaviru­s patients


The US has donated two mobile digital X-ray machines to Cyprus for helping to treat COVID-19 patients at Nicosia and Larnaca General Hospitals.

One of the machines was handed over on Thursday by US Ambassador Judith Garber, to the Minister of Health, Constantin­os Ioannou, during a ceremony at Nicosia General Hospital.

Garber thanked the Cyprus government for its efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.

She expressed profound gratitude to all healthcare workers for their dedication and sacrifice to try and keep everyone safe.

“The good news is that vaccines are now here, and as President Biden has said, the light at the end of the tunnel is going brighter and brighter.

“What’s been really clear is that no one country can address this pandemic alone. So, I am really proud today to be able to donate these two X-ray machines at a value of EUR 164,000.”

It is the fifth donation of medical equipment and supplies by the people of the US to the Republic of Cyprus via the US European command that has provided direct COVID-19 assistance to 145 projects in 24 different countries.

“My country has contribute­d $12.5 billion for the global response, for vaccine, therapeuti­c developmen­t, preparedne­ss in humanitari­an assistance.

“We have donated 16 million vaccines worldwide for humanitari­an purposes for those who are most in need, and the Biden administra­tion has pledged $2 billion to COVAX,” Garber said.

Ioannou said in these unpreceden­ted times, the contributi­on of the US Embassy enhanced Cyprus’ effort.

“Your strong support all these months was shown through acts of solidarity towards frontline health profession­als at hospitals.

“The portable machines


facilitate diagnosis and treatment for COVID patients, who cannot move because of their health condition, but also be used in the future to offer better treatment to all patients,” Ioannou said.

Officials said the two digital mobile X-ray units are essential as they offer numerous advantages compared to the old analogue systems.

Advantages include higher throughput, quicker diagnosis, improved image quality and more patient friendly.

It allows doctors to access the images from anywhere or seek a second opinion from anyone globally.

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