THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) has donated 7.5 tonnes of medical supplies to Nigeria to support it in its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The consignment of thousands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Saturday.
UAE deputy Ambassador, Mr Khalifa Al Mehrizi, who represented the Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad Al-Taffaq, handed the items, said the donation was an initiative of the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Al-Maktoum.
Tthe Director of Drugs and Vaccine Development in the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs Olubukola Ajayi, who received the drugs said the Federal Government welcomed every support it could get in its fight against the pandemic.
The ambassador said: “The UAE believes that concerted efforts across board is key to effectively mitigating the socio-economic effect of the pandemic, hence the donation of these aid.”
He noted that the supplies were to boost the provision of adequate healthcare response in the management of the pandemic.
He expressed gratitude to Al Maktoum for the donation, which is part of UAE’s humanitarian response to support friendly countries in the fight against COVID-19.
According to the ambassador, “the embassy has executed several humanitarian projects during this health crisis and we will continue to collaborate with Nigeria to effectively fight the spread of COVID-19.
“The UAE strongly commends the unrelenting efforts and excellent work of the Nigerian Government in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We also salute all Nigerian frontline workers, doctors, nurses, educators and the media who are working tirelessly to overcome this pandemic.”
Ajayi thanked the UAE for providing Nigeria with the “much-needed medical support,” to fight the pandemic.
“The whole world is in need of medical aid to support the existing resources of individual countries. This shipment will boost the supply of medical equipment that will help manage the pandemic,” she said. (NAN)