ADEN, June 7 (NNN-SABA) – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), airlifted on Saturday, a new batch of medical supplies to Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the war-ravaged Arab country, a government official said.
“A plane loaded with medical supplies provided by UNICEF, landed at Aden’s International Airport,” a local government official said.
“The medical supplies are essential to help medical teams and curb the spread of coronavirus in Aden, as well as other neighbouring southern provinces,” the source said.
UNICEF confirmed that, it provided a new batch of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment items to Aden.
Ishraq Subay, official spokesman of Yemen’s National Emergency Committee, along with other government health officials, received the new batch of medical supplies at Aden’s airport.
“We received around 16 tonnes of essential medicines as well as protection and safety supplies all provided by the UNICEF to confront the coronavirus in the government-controlled provinces,” Ishraq said.
She said, the new batch of medical supplies came after great efforts exerted by the country’s government, represented by Prime Minister, Maeen Abdulmalik.
The Yemeni official called on the World Health Organisation and other organisations to do their duties through providing more support for the Yemeni health sector to deal with the pandemic.
Last week, Yemen’s health authorities, controlled by the Houthi militia, confirmed the arrival of a medical shipment dispatched by UNICEF.
On Friday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen’s government-controlled provinces increased to 469, with 111 deaths and 23 recoveries, since the outbreak of the deadly disease on Apr 10.
The Yemeni government called on donors and relevant international humanitarian organisations to provide support to help contain the pandemic.– NNN-SABA