Dr Malachie Manaouda, Cameroon’s Minister of Health, Friday received 10 ambulances intended to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ambulances, which are the first lot of the 25 expected, have been purchased with finances from the Islamic Development Bank.
“These ambulances and other medical equipment worth 13.8 million US dollars have been financed by the Islamic Development Bank with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) acting as the execution agency,” revealed the Ministry of Public Health.
The delivery of the ambulances follows an accord in the global amount of 27.4 million US dollars signed between the Cameroon government and the Islamic Development Bank to provide an immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the provision of vital medical and non-medical equipment, notably; scanners, respiratory apparels and ambulances to reinforce the health system in Cameroon.
“Besides the response against the coronavirus, which has exerted a strong pressure on the health professionals, this partnership represents an opportunity to transform our health system to better face an eventual resurgence of epidemics and pandemics in Cameroon,” the Minister of Health declared during the reception ceremony.
Jean-Luc Stalon, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Cameroon, on his part said, “this support is part of the ‘no regrets’ approach of the World Health Organisation which has the objective to render a more robust health system of Cameroon in a sustainable and global way.”
“Besides what we have already delivered, I want to express my recognition to the government of Cameroon and to the Islamic Development Bank, which has so shown confidence in the United Nations Development Programme within the context of this operation.”
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