ADDIS ABABA – The African Union Commission said it has received medical supplies from Morocco that will boost the continental capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The consignment – AU received on Monday – included 500,000 Non-Woven face Masks; 4,000 Coats; 40,000 Hygiene Caps; 60,000 Visors; and 2,000 litres of hydro alcoholic gel.
The supplies were received by the Commissioner for Social Affairs Amira Elfadil, and the Permanent Representative of Morocco to the AU Ambassador Mohammed Arrouchi.
Officials of Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC) attended the handover event in Addis Abeba.
“We highly appreciate this donation from HM King Mohammed VI, and from the Government of Morocco. Morocco is extending its hand and support to 15 member states in Africa and also to the African Union (AU),” said Commissioner El Fadil.
She further added that “This donation represents the values of support and solidarity between AU Member States. We agreed to fight COVID-19 through unity and solidarity”.
Commissioner Elfadil also commended Africa’s private industry for rising up to the challenge.
“These medical products we are receiving are locally manufactured in Morocco,” she said. “In the AU Commission, we are calling upon member states to strengthen their capabilities in manufacturing medical products in Africa”.
The meeting of the Bureau of the African Union held on 26 March 2020 encouraged Member States to support the local production of medical equipment.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Arrouchi said the donation was the initiative of King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
“Morocco is always ready to be in the company of African brothers and sisters to share its expertise and medical equipment,” said the ambassador.
Africa CDC says the continent’s COVID-19 cases reached 306,567 on Monday while 146,212 patients have recovered. The disease claimed 8,115 lives.