Abu Dhabi: Setting another example of global comradery, the United Arab Emirates has extending its helping hand to Sierra Leone by flying 16 tons of urgent medical aid to the country to mitigate the effects of the humanitarian disaster facing the capital, Freetown, following the explosion of a petrol station, which led to numerous deaths and injured dozens, most of whom were women and children.
Expressing its solidarity with the government and people of Sierra Leone, the UAE stressed its keenness to help boost the capacities of hospitals in Freetown, by providing the injured with adequate medical care and assisting medical teams to perform their duties.
The latest support extended by UAE underscores its continuous efforts to provide for the basic needs of victims of disasters. The country has already spent $38.93 million to support development, humanitarian and charity efforts and projects in over nine key sectors in Sierra Leone, most notably the health sector.
Under this framework, the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Field Hospital was established in Port Loko, with a capacity of 100 beds, to treat COVID-19 patients.
The UAE had also sent close to7 tons of urgent medical supplies to Sierra Leone to address the pandemic and strengthened the country’s electricity grid by generating solar energy in Freetown, in addition to launching educational projects in several cities.
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