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Namibia pays tribute to Finland for Covid-19 donation  

By Staff Reporter

Namibia has paid tribute to the government of Finland which has donated a special cargo flight of COVID-19 medical supplies to Namibia on Thursday.

The donation is containing 2.36 million masks, 200 000 protective visors, 30 000 medical gowns, 100 000 syringes and 189 000 swabs to assist Namibia in defeating the coronavirus.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah expressed gratitude that the Finish – Namibia friendship is older than 150 years saying that “Finland once again proved the old adage ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed”

SEEN on this photo is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah(centre right) , Ms. Sinikka Antila, Ambassador of the EU delegation in Namibia ( Center left) and Dr. Kalumbi Shangula Minister of Health and Social Services 

In a media statement sent to Caprivi Vision, the Namibian Deputy Prime reiterated that “On behalf of the Government of Namibia I would like to express my deep gratitude to the European Union for having accepted our request for support and for the unvaluable logistical support your organization is providing to us.”

“In the past few weeks however, the virus has made an unexpected comeback and is spreading faster than ever, with a clear indication that we now have the more aggressive Delta strain in our midst. The threat of a third wave in Namibia is real and rising, overwhelming our health system.”

“Your donation is bringing hope to all Namibians.”

She said, vaccines still remain an important weapon to fight against the coronavirus in Namibia.

“We have almost run through our first delivery of COVAX, as well as the donated vaccines (from China and India) and hope to receive the next COVAX delivery very soon. As access to vaccines still remains a huge challenge to Namibia, I would like to urge countries that have reached a significant vaccination coverage to release doses where possible.”

Nandi – Ndaitwah further thanked Ms. Sinikka Antila, Ambassador of the EU delegation in Namibia to accept heartfelt and sincere gratitude for the immerse support and donation, as a gesture of friendship and solidarity.

 

 

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