The UAE is facilitating the delivery of medical supplies to Iran. According to a report from Emirates News Agency, the World Health Organisation is delivering medical supplies and equipment to Iran to help control the new coronavirus, COVID-19, and the UAE is assisting with the said delivery.
The Dubai International Humanitarian City assisted the packing and loading of the shipment which contained hundreds of thousands of gloves, surgical masks, and other basic medical supplies. The supplies could help over 15,000 healthcare workers who are taking care of COVID-19 patients in Iran.
UAE Faciliates World Health Organization’s Medical Supplies Delivery to Iran
The UAE Air Force has assigned an aircraft to deploy over 7.5 tonnes of cargo from Dubai to Iran on March 2, 2020.
Included in the medical supplies are diagnostic kits which will help screen and identify people with the new coronavirus symptoms.
This is an important mission carried out in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, as well as the International Humanitarian City – one of the biggest humanitarian hubs in the world.
“The UAE’s geographical location gives us easy access to more than 100 countries that cover two thirds of the global population. We use this privilege to support people who are affected by any crises. This mission is part of our efforts to support coronavirus patients,” said Sultan Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister for International Development Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MOFAIC.
“We will continue to extend our support to the people in distress in collaboration with the international community,” he said while overseeing the loading of cargo on to the aircraft at Al Maktoum International Airport.
A senior WHO official said it would not have been possible for the UN health agency to carry out the mission without the support of the UAE Government.
“Iran has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Middle East. The medical supplies will help equip Iran to contain the virus,” said Dr. Richard Brennan, Acting Regional Emergency Director at the WHO’s regional office in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“The partnership is very important to deal with this situation. We appreciate the UAE’s support for this mission,” he added.