Qatar Charity (QC) has said it is preparing a batch of equipment, which will be provided to the Ministry of Health of Kosovo to help it meet its needs in the fight against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

The assistance will be delivered in co-ordination with Qatar's ambassador to Albania and Kosovo, Ali bin Hamad al-Marri.

The aid worth QR1.1mn, equalling around $300,000, will include six ventilators and 6,500 coronavirus testing kits, in addition to food baskets and protective items for poor families.

During the holy month of Ramadan, QC, through its office in Pristina, has distributed 2,800 food baskets, each containing basic food supplies that are sufficient for a family for a whole month. Besides, Qatar Charity has distributed 500 protective baskets that include sterilisation materials, hand sanitisers, cloth detergents, floor cleaners, gloves and masks.

The food and protective baskets have benefited 3,300 households, easing the suffering of many families in need who were affected economically due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

While delivering the aid, all necessary precautionary measures were taken to protect public safety, and the assistance was delivered to beneficiaries' homes to prevent any gathering, QC said in a statement.

Mayors and beneficiaries thanked benefactors in Qatar for their humanitarian gesture and the food and preventive assistance they provided and are about to provide, applauding Qatar Charity for delivering aid on time without any delay, especially in the light of crises and dangers,.

The total cost of the projects, which are implemented by QC during Ramadan in Kosovo, is over QR1.8mn. These projects also include the distribution of Eid clothing to orphans sponsored by Qatar Charity, and Zakat al-Fitr to needy families.

QC, with support from benefactors in Qatar, aims to deliver health, preventive and food assistance to 380,000 people affected by Covid-19

within and outside Qatar at a cost of up to QR60mn, with 250,000 beneficiaries outside Qatar, at an estimated cost of QR40mn.

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