NZ government Provides emergency reliefs and the covid-19 medical equipment to Timor-Leste

NZ government Provides emergency reliefs and the covid-19 medical equipment to Timor-Leste

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DILI, 20 pril 20, 2021 (TATOLI) – New Zealand transports a total of 7,460 kilograms of emergency support for the flood’s victim and the COVID-19 equipment to help the Government fight against the virus.  

The Humanitarian aid is including in the total budget of US $ 1.4 million granted by the New Zealand Executive to support victims of the April 4 floods in the country and respond to covid-19.

New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nanaia Muhata, in a statement, said, that the New Zealander Government is always with the Timorese people, affected by the floods at the time when it is still fighting the covid-19.

“The aid included the provision of humanitarian assistance and personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene products, water treatment, material for children, and solar lamps,” it said. 

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of Timor-Leste will distribute this support to the neediest victims.

The PPE will be distributed by the Autonomous Service of Medicines and Health Equipment (SAMES).

The New Zealand Executive also contributes to the World Food Program (WFP) in supporting the transportation and distribution of goods by flood victims in Dili and the municipalities.

The Executive Director of SAMES, Santana Martins, said that the Government of New Zealand has followed the situation in Timor-Leste. After information was released by SAMES that the covid-19 equipment had been damaged by the floods, several countries had decided to provide medical support to Timor-Leste.

Santa Martins also revealed the support provided by the New Zealand Government also including the gloves, face masks, goggles, visors, shoes, gowns, covid-19 testing equipment, infrared thermometers, among others.

It is recalled that the equipment to combat covid-19, especially the personal protection (PPE), that were in the emergency tents of SAMES, is unusable due to the April 4 floods. The visors, masks, clothing, gloves, are among other equipment that was also destroyed during the floods. 


Journalist: Nelia Fernandes

Editor: Maria Auxiliadora


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