Italy gets support from Philips Foundation in fight against COVID-19

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Further to recent donations made to the Civil Protection, Red Cross and Cesvi by Philips Foundation and Philips Italy, both companies collaborated with AFAS Foundation and Noaber Foundation to deliver a mobile isolation care unit to Nuoro, Sardinia and and one to Legnano, Lombardy last week for the Italian Red Cross to help with the fight against Covid-19. The Nuoro unit will be operational within days in to extend one of its hospital's capacities by 20 beds, and the Legnano unit is at the Italian Red Cross Emergency Response Centre prior to a decision on where it would be best used.

General Manager of Philips Italy, Israel & Greece, Simona Comandè, said: .“This further action echoes Philips Foundation’s concrete commitment to support national health systems, by working with a partner like the Red Cross, which has been at the forefront of managing this unprecedented emergency from the beginning."

“Thanks to this contribution from Philips Foundation, we are further strengthening our response capacity, at a time when any intervention can make a difference“

Head of the Emergency Area of the Italian Red Cross, Ignazio Schintu, said: “The decision to send a unit to Sardinia is due to the particular nature of the region. In the event of worsening conditions, the response would take time due to the need for transportation by sea. Furthermore, although not among the regions most affected by the pandemic, Sardinia has a limited number of hospitals and a need to expand and separate Covid-19 from non-Covid-19 capacity. The choice of Legnano, on the other hand, is strategic, to be able to intervene in the areas most affected in case of need. Thanks to this contribution from Philips Foundation, we are further strengthening our response capacity, at a time when any intervention can make a difference.”

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