Hospitals and Emergency Medical Service have PPE reserves for one to two months at the moment

  • 2020-10-21
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Hospitals and the Emergency Medical Service, based on data they have released, have reserves of personal protective equipment (PPE) for one to two months on the average, as the Emergency Medical Service's representative Dita Heiberga told Saeima Public Expenditure and Audit Committee on Wednesday.

The Emergency Medical Service has observed risks in the procurement of PPE due to delayed supplies. According to Heiberga, small-scale individual purchases of PPE could be easier to implement, but in case of larger purchases, there is a risk that tenders may end without results.

The Emergency Medical Service's Director Liene Cipule also said at the Saeima committee's meeting that the reserves were sufficient at the moment but, as the numbers of new Covid-19 cases continue to rise, the demand for PPE is much higher than this past spring. "In the short term, there is no reason to be upset, but we are concerned about how the situation will unfold," said Cipule.

Consumption of PPE can be projected for inpatient facilities and the Emergency Medical Service, while in other areas it is more difficult to predict due to epidemiological decisions.

As for procurements of PPE in the spring, Cipule said she hoped that "we will never again have to face problems of such magnitude, where we have to take non-standard decisions that may be questioned later, and we will certainly take into account all the recommendations and our past decisions."

The epidemiological situation in Europe is changing fast and, as the numbers of Covid-19 cases continue to increase, the demand for PPE is changing not only in Latvia, but everywhere in Europe, said Cipule.