UAE delivers planeload of medical supplies to South Africa

Abu Dhabi has till now provided over 260 tonnes of medical aid to 24 countries in need.
Monday 20/04/2020
. A file picture of a UAE international aid shipment in support of the fight against the pandemic. (AFP)
Solidarity. A file picture of a UAE international aid shipment in support of the fight against the pandemic. (AFP)

ABU DHABI--A shipment of medical supplies was delivered Monday to South Africa by the United Arab Emirates, said Emirati news agency WAM.

The aid cargo was said to contain seven metric tonnes of medical supplies aimed at helping South Africa's more than 7,000 medical professional battle the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UAE Ambassador to South Africa, Saeed Al Hameli, was quoted as saying, "the first aid delivery provided today to South Africa symbolises the enduring partnership between our two countries and our joint commitment to defeating this virus together."

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the United Arab Emirates has provided humanitarian and medical supplies to countries in the region and the world. Shipments have been delivered by the UAE to African countries in coordination with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

"To date, the UAE has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by providing over 260 tonnes of medical aid to 24 countries in need, supporting more than 260,000 medical professionals in the process," said WAM.

South Africa's pandemic toll stands at 3,158, with 54 deaths. It is the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa.

(With WAM)