Turkey, Qatar support Sudan in coronavirus fight

Türkiye Materials 9 September 2020 07:45 (UTC +04:00)

The Turkish and Qatari branches of the Red Crescent Society have sent medical supplies to Sudan to support the country's fight against the coronavirus, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.

A second cargo plane carrying medical supplies from Turkey financed by Qatar arrived early Tuesday in the country's capital Khartoum.

Over 1.65 million COVID-19 test kits and protective medical equipment on the planes were delivered to the Sudanese Health Ministry.

The first aid plane landed in the capital Saturday.

The number of coronavirus cases in the country totals 13,437, and the death toll stands at 833, with 6,730 recoveries.

Compounding the country's difficulties, at least 102 people have died and more than 100,000 homes have been damaged in flooding caused by heavy rainfall over several months.

Turkey has sent medical aid to roughly 150 countries to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Building on its 10-year reputation for providing international humanitarian aid, Turkey has become a leader in this positive form of statecraft by sending medical aid packages around the globe every other day throughout the pandemic.

The aid packages mostly include medical masks, protective overalls and gloves, as well as disinfectants.

All of the equipment sent has been produced at military-owned factories and sewing workshops that usually produce uniforms and other clothing for the Turkish military.