Qatar contributes $1 million worth of medical supplies to Rwanda in COVID-19 Response

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 29 April 2020 at 09:03

Medical supplies worth an estimated value of $1 million, measuring 15 Tones, were handed over by Abdallah bin Ahmed, Ambassador of Qatar to Rwanda, fulfilling the pledge that the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani made on Monday, this week.

Rwanda’s Ambassador to Qatar, Francois Nkulikiyimfura, confirmed that the pledge made by the Qatar ruler was loaded on the Qatar Airways plane on Tuesday night and scheduled to reach Kigali the following morning. These were received by the Rwandan Health Minister, Dr. Daniel Ngamije.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije said that the medical supplies Rwanda received from Qatar were a considerable boost to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The consignment includes personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as face masks, gloves, overalls for frontline workers, hospital boots, among others.

“These equipments will complement a great number of medical equipment that our government has bought since the Coronavirus pandemic struck,” Ngamije said.

Ngamije also highlighted the bilateral relationship that both governments enjoy.

“Our relationship is strong. Seeing that Qatar is able to provide such donations at a time like this, is a sign that our relationship is at a good standing.”

The Emir had directed his government to quickly deliver medical equipment to Rwanda and other countries to support the country’s efforts to fight the #COVIDー19 pandemic.

Among other countries expected to receive the delivery from the Gulf nation are Algeria, Tunisia and Nepal.

Considering the number of COVID-19 patients in the country, and the equipment in stock so far, the health minister said, “We are sure that this can take us for more three months”

Rwanda has so far confirmed 212 coronavirus cases of which 95 have fully recovered. The country has not reported any death thus far.

Qatar Government through Qatar Airways acquired a stake in the upcoming international airport in Bugesera district and confirmed earlier this year that it was in the advanced stages of negotiations to acquire a 49 percent stake in RwandAir.

Medical supplies worth an estimated value of $1 million, measuring 15 Tones, were handed over to Rwanda from Qatar
The consignment includes personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as face masks, gloves, overalls for frontline workers, hospital boots, among others

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