Government of Sudan has praised Egypt for sending urgent medical supplies to help the country combat the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Sudanese Minister of Culture and Information Faisal Saleh, said in a statement. The supplies arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Monday.
He added that Egypt’s noble gesture reflects the depth of relations between the two countries.
Early on Monday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi instructed for the dispatch of four military planes carrying medical supplies to Sudan to help the country in its fight against the virus.
The shipment, which comprises “large quantities” of medicines and medical supplies, is intended to “help alleviate the burden of the Sudanese people in light of the shortage of medicines and protective gear necessary to confront the coronavirus”.
“In the name of the government and people of Sudan, I extend our gratitude and appreciation to our brothers in Egypt, leadership and people,” Saleh said.
He pointed out that the aid included several thousand units of personal protection equipment (PPE), sterilisation equipment, medicines, and other supplies to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Saleh also thanked staff at the Egyptian embassy in Khartoum, led by Egypt’s ambassador to Khartoum Hossam Issa, for their effort in providing the urgent medical equipment.
Egypt has sent several shipments of medical aid to some of the countries worst hit by the pandemic, including China, Italy and the US.
Sudan’s coronavirus outbreak has, to date, infected 678 people and led to 41 fatalities.