The European Union (EU) and the United Nations International Children‘s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) delivered 11 tons of medical supplies to Mozambique on Friday to help the southeast African country fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The supplies, including some 145,000 masks, 30,000 overalls, 192 non-contact thermometers and 600 goggles, were received by Mozambique’s Health Minister Armindo Tiago in Maputo.
“The EU is confident that these supplies will help the doctors, paramedics and nurses to stay safe whilst they continue providing an effective and operational response,” said Antonio Sanchez-Benedito Gaspar, the EU‘s ambassador to Mozambique, at the delivery ceremony.
The supplies came at a moment when the country’s health authorities recognize that there are challenges in providing sufficient personal protective equipment especially for their medical workers.
“The safety of Mozambican health professionals during the response to COVID-19 is of extreme importance. Those brave men and women, tirelessly committing themselves with personal sacrifice to the fight against the pandemic amid huge risk, deserve the best possible protection,” said Tiago.
As of Friday, Mozambique has a total of 234 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including two deaths and 84 recoveries.
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