The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday donated 7.5 tonnes of medical supplies to the Nigerian government to support it in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The consignment, which arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Saturday, comprised thousands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

Handing over the items, the UAE’s deputy ambassador to Nigeria, Khalifa Al Mehrizi, said the UAE was committed to supporting Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Al-Taffaq said the donation was an initiative of the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed Al-Maktoum.

“The UAE believes that concerted efforts across board is key to effectively mitigating the socio-economic effect of the pandemic, hence the donation of these aids,” he said.

The ambassador said the supplies were meant to boost the provision of adequate healthcare response in the management of the pandemic.

“I express my profound gratitude to the Vice President Al Maktoum for the donation of these supplies which is part of a series of humanitarian response operations by the UAE to support friendly countries in the fight against COVID-19.

“The embassy has executed several humanitarian projects during this health crisis and we will continue to collaborate with Nigeria to effectively fight the spread of COVID-19.

“The UAE strongly commends the unrelenting efforts and excellent work of the Nigerian Government in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.