NICOSIA, April 22 (Xinhua) — Cypriot health professionals fighting the coronavirus on the frontline said on Wednesday that they feel relieved and grateful to China for offering medical supplies to their country.
“We are really grateful and relieved because there are adequate supplies and each health professional has his own protective gear,” Sotiris Koumas, president of the state doctors union PASYKI, told Xinhua.
Health professionals on the frontline fighting COVID-19 account for about one fifth of the total confirmed cases in the country, including 53 doctors, 83 nurses and 43 members of hospital auxiliary staff, according to the health authorities.
Koumas’s words came as seven tons of medical gear from China were being transferred to frontline hospitals.
“It is very important to have adequate medical gear available so that doctors and other health professional can feel safe, especially when treating confirmed patients on ventilator,” Koumas said, adding that the quality of the gear was very good.
Theodoros Petelis, spokesman of the nurses’ union PASYNO which had the most confirmed COVID-19 cases among its members, also said the situation has improved since the shipment of Chinese gear started arriving several weeks ago.
“We really cannot thank China enough for these supplies, as we have been facing a big problem because of shortages in protective gear,” Petelis said.
“After the arrival of the gear there are adequate supplies to rely on. It is very important to have high protection masks for people coming into contact with confirmed coronavirus cases,” Petelis added.
He said it was true not only for the nurses working on the frontline, but also for their families who were constantly exposed to the danger of being infected.
Petelis said that many nurses and doctors had been staying at hotels in the initial period of the coronavirus pandemic so as to reduce the risk for their families.