Under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region, Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, a land aid convoy carrying 22 tons of medicines and medical materials arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus, which the authority had arranged in coordination with the Syrian Red Crescent Society.
The aid to curb the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the Syrian arena comes as part of the UAE’s global response to address the pandemic, strengthening preventive and precautionary measures, and supporting the Syrian medical sector to face the challenges in this regard.
Thousands of health care workers in Syria benefit from this aid. The Secretary-General of the Emirates Red Crescent, Dr. Muhammad Ateeq Al Falahi, said that this convoy of aid comes within the framework of the initiatives undertaken by the UAE to support international efforts to combat the global spread of the Corona virus, indicating the interest of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the aid it provides.
In this regard, the authority has a direct impact on limiting the spread of the pandemic in a number of countries, and strengthening the capacity of medical personnel, who represent the first line of defense in these exceptional health conditions, in the field of prevention and protection.
He stressed that the UAE is making great efforts to help brotherly and friendly countries overcome the current health conditions, stand by them, and enhance their health capabilities to face the repercussions of the pandemic.
He said that the Emirates Red Crescent Authority had facilitated this shipment of medical aid in coordination with the Syrian Red Crescent Society, within the framework of joint humanitarian cooperation between the two national societies, and the authority’s keenness to support the capabilities of the Syrian National Society, and to support its efforts in the health field on its local arena. Al-Falahi indicated that the medical aid includes basic materials used to strengthen preventive and precautionary measures to address the Corona pandemic, help medical personnel to perform their role, and support their efforts to contain the spread of the virus in Syria.
He added, “This aid comes as part of the global response to the spread of the (Covid-19) pandemic, and this is the fourth shipment of medical aid to Syria, as three previous shipments arrived by air to the capital, Damascus.”