ABU DHABI, May 15, 2021 (WAM) – The Emirates Red Crescent has begun the first phase of a vaccination program for tens of thousands of refugees and displaced persons in Jordan and Iraq as part of medical assistance provided by the UAE’s main humanitarian center. hand to help the two countries confront the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate the recovery process.
This is in line with the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Fund (FDF), Honorary Chairperson of the ERC under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan , the representative of the ruler in the Al-Dhafra region (chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent).
Medical assistance, provided in partnership with the Ministry of Health – Abu Dhabi, and in coordination with the Iraqi and Jordanian Ministries of Health and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will assist 12,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan and 15,000 displaced persons from Iraq … and Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan. Meanwhile, the ERC is moving forward in providing essential humanitarian supplies to refugees and displaced persons in both countries.
Two ERC delegations will leave the UAE in the next few days and travel to Iraq and Jordan to oversee the UAE’s health initiatives there and meet the urgent needs of refugees and displaced persons.
ERC Secretary General Dr Mohammed Atek Al Falahi highlighted the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak to spur the UAE’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus as part of the country’s contribution to the global fight against the pandemic. He also highlighted the role of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan and his significant support for refugees and displaced persons living in and outside the camps.
Al Falahi added that the ERC will start by vaccinating severe cases, including the elderly and those with chronic illnesses, noting that COVID-19 vaccines will help fight new emerging strains of the virus.
Dr. Gamal Mohamed Al Kaabi, Deputy Minister of Health of Abu Dhabi, said the medical initiative reflects the role that the UAE is playing in countering the pandemic and supporting brotherly and friendly countries. He welcomed the ongoing collaboration with various local health departments in Iraq and Jordan.
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