Egypt's health minister Hala Zayed delivers 31,000 tons of medical aid to Lebanon amid pandemic crisis (Photo Courtesy of Health Ministry)
Egypt sent on Thursday 31 tons of medicine and medical supplies to Lebanon to the country’s health sector amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to an official statement, Health Minister Hala Zayed arrived at Beirut with a medical aid shipment which was delivered on board three military jets.
The aid includes 16 tons of baby formula and 15 tons tonnes of protection supplies, including surgical masks, gloves, and others, and coronavirus protocol medication to support Lebanon’s health sector during the crisis.
Zayed also delivered the third shipment of 7.6 tons of medical equipment in response to the demand by the Arab League to deliver a shipment of the needed equipment to Lebanon.
Egypt has taken several steps over the summer to provide assistance to Lebanon, including launching an airlift to offer humanitarian aid and relief supplies and a sealift to help in the reconstruction of the country after a massive blast at Beirut Port in August that killed hundreds and displaced over 300,000.
The blast-hit country’s crisis was exacerbated by the pandemic, as rising infection rates in the country led to a coronavirus lockdown nationwide earlier this month in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.
The lockdown has led to several protests this week, as frustration over the restrictions grew.
Lebanon has recorded over 285,000 coronavirus cases and more than 2,470 deaths since the outbreak.