ABU DHABI – The United Arab Emirates sent Thursday medical supplies to Iraq’s Kurdistan as part of the Gulf Arab state global response to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The aid plane containing six tonnes of medical supplies will assist approximately 6,000 medical professionals as they work to contain the virus, reported the state news agency WAM.
Ahmed Al-Dhaheri, UAE Consul-General to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, said that “The UAE is honored to extend a hand of assistance to Iraqi Kurdistan to aid its fight against COVID-19.”
“Our brotherly relations serve as the foundation of this cooperation, through which we will help frontline medical workers combat this virus in a safe and protected manner,” said Dhaheri.
“The UAE stands by Iraq as it tirelessly exerts all efforts to uphold public health and security in light of these difficult circumstances,” he added.
The UAE’s international humanitarian action continued as the Emirati government sent Thursday a cargo plane carrying parts of a field hospital to Ghana in support of a UN mission to protect aid workers from the coronavirus in West Africa.
David Beasley, Director of the UN’s World Food Programme, posted a video on Twitter showing medical supplies being offloaded from the C-17 Globemaster.
“#HappeningNow: Live from Accra. I'm here in front of this UAE-provided C17. It landed just now, carrying parts of a field hospital we're setting up to provide medical care to aid workers in West Africa. Thanks to the govts of Ghana, UAE & all our donors. You've been instrumental!” Beasley tweeted.
“The UAE-WFP air bridge in action. We were lucky to catch this C17 in Accra today. It's a testament to the UAE's tremendous support, helping @WFP to transport #COVID19 medical supplies all over the world,” he added, thanking Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed.
To date, the UAE has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by providing over 658 metric tonnes of aid to 57 countries in need, supporting more than 658,000 medical professionals in the process.