Kuwait offers medical assistance in Kurdistan


IRBIL: Kuwait Consul General in Erbil, Dr Omar Al-Kandari (center) attends a ceremony to announce the donation of medical supplies by Kuwait to the Iraqi Kurdistan region. – KUNA

IRBIL: Kuwaiti Consul General in Erbil, Dr Omar Al-Kandari, announced yesterday that his country has donated more than 10 tons of medical supplies to the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq to help the region contain the COVID-19 epidemic. The aid is part of the Kuwait is by your side campaign organized by the Kuwait Society for Relief, Kandari said.

The campaign is in line with the instructions of His Highness Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, he noted, expressing hope that Kuwaiti contributions would help the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to do so. in the face of the impacts of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, KRG Health Minister Saman Hussein Muhammad thanked the State of Kuwait and its fundraising agencies for their continued support to the region. Medical assistance includes ventilators for coronavirus patients and anesthesia equipment, which could play a crucial role in the fight against the pandemic, the minister said. The State of Kuwait maintains its long-standing humanitarian role in Kurdistan and has offered a lot of assistance to internally displaced people in the region, he noted.

In the meantime, the governor of Erbil, Omed Khoshnaw, has expressed his gratitude to Kuwait for its help. In similar statements to the press, he stressed the need for lasting assistance in Kurdistan in order to alleviate the suffering of sick people. Launched in 2015, the “Kuwait is by your side” campaign has played a remarkable humanitarian role in supporting the health and education sectors in Kurdistan and other regions of Iraq.

The Kuwait-based International Islamic Charity Organization has set up 26 medical centers and mobile clinics with ambulances and essential equipment, including artificial limbs. He has so far donated more than 600 tonnes of medical supplies to Kurdistan. – KUNA


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