Qatar Charity (QC) has provided medical aid worth $300,000 to the Ministry of Health of Kosovo in support of the health system of the country in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The assistance comes as part of its ongoing global efforts aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19, QC has said in a statement.
The aid contains 6,500 coronavirus test kits and six ventilators under an agreement signed between Qatar Charity and the Ministry of Health of Kosovo.
Minister of Health Armend Zemaj and the director of QC's office in the capital, Pristina, Mahmoud Abbas Shaker, signed the agreement in the presence of Qatar's ambassador Ali bin Hamad al-Marri, who handed over the aid to Kosovo's Minister of Health.
The minister said the aid would be distributed to organisations in the health system according to their needs. “We receive this aid to protect our citizens,” added the minister, thanking Qatar, the ambassador and the Qatar Charity office in Pristina for all the valuable assistance provided by Qatar to Kosovo and its people over the years, which amounts to millions of dollars.
For his part, director of the National Institute of Public Health of Kosovo, Nasser Ramdani, said: "We thank Qatar for supporting the efforts of Kosovo in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.” He added that this support is a great assistance to the health system in Kosovo, as it will contribute to saving the lives of citizens infected with Covid-19.
The Qatari envoy affirmed the strength of the distinguished relations between the two countries, adding that he is working on further improving these relations and expanding co-operation in all fields. "Qatar always stands by Kosovo and its people,” he noted.
Qatar Charity, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, has provided urgent food and health assistance to poor families, benefiting more than 20,000 people at a cost of €250,000.