The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday donated 7.5 tonnes of medical supplies to the Federal Government to support Nigeria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The consignment, which included thousands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Saturday afternoon.
The UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad Al-Taffaq, handed over the items to the Nigerian team led by the Director of Drugs and Vaccine Development, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Olubukola Ajayi,
The envoy, who was represented at the presentation of the items by his deputy, Mr. Khalifa Al Mehrizi, said the UAE was committed to supporting Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the donation was an initiative of the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Al-Maktoum.
“The UAE believes that concerted efforts across board are important to effectively mitigate the socio-economic effect of the pandemic, hence the donation of these items,” he said.
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Al-Taffaq said the supplies were meant to boost the provision of adequate healthcare response in the management of the pandemic.
The envoy added: “I express my profound gratitude to the Vice President Al Maktoum for the donation of these supplies which is part of a series of humanitarian response operations by the UAE to support friendly countries in the fight against COVID-19.
“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.”