The United Arab Emirates have sent on Saturday 7.5 tonnes of medical supplies to Nigeria. The poor African nation urgently needs any kind of financial and medical support amid the coronacrisis.
The Nigerian government has thanked the UAE for its timely donation, which helps to respond adequately to the COVID-19 challenges. On Saturday, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja has welcomed the consingment from the Arab nation, AllAfrica reports.
The donation from Emirates comprised thousands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). Handing over the items, the UAE’s deputy ambassador to Nigeria said the UAE was committed to supporting Nigeria in its battle against the novel infection.
The UAE diplomat Al-Taffaq added the donation was an initiative of the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed Al-Maktoum. The deputy ambassador said these much-needed supplies were meant to boost the provision of healthcare response amid the epidemic.
“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 aids,” he said.
Commenting on the UAE’s donation, Director of Drugs and Vaccine Development, Federal Ministry of Health, Olubukola Ajayi, expressed her profound gratitude to the Vice President Al-Maktoum for the donation of medical supplies. In fact, that is part of a series of humanitarian response operations by the UAE to support friendly countries in the fight against corona.
“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,” Ajayi added.
Over the years, 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 said.
She added that the federal government welcomed all support it could get in its fight against the pandemic. According to the top health official, the UAE remains an active and reliable partner with the Nigerian People.