UAE Sends Medical Aid to Sierra Leone

The UAE has sent an aircraft carrying 16 tonnes of urgent medical aid to Sierra Leone to mitigate the effects of the humanitarian disaster facing the capital, Freetown.

Recently a fuel tanker exploded following a collision which led to several deaths and injured dozens, most of whom were women and children.

The UAE expressed its solidarity with the government and people of Sierra Leone, stressing 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, OCHA said in a statement on Friday

The UAE always aims to support friendly countries under similar conditions, underscoring its continuous efforts to provide for the basic needs of victims of disasters, the statement added.

The UAE has spent AED143 million to support development, humanitarian and charity efforts and projects in over nine key sectors in Sierra Leone, most notably the health sector.

The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Field Hospital was established in Port Loko, with a capacity of 100 beds, to treat COVID-19 patients.

It also sent some 7 tonnes 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.

Victims of the recent blast in a petrol station included people who had flocked to collect fuel leaking from the ruptured vehicle, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of the port city, said in a post on Facebook.

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