The Australian government has supplied personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Maldives to help frontline workers combat the spread of COVID-19.
The donation was presented to Maldivian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Omar Abdul Razzak and Defence Adviser to the Maldives High Commission in Sri Lanka Lieutenant Colonel Ismail Naseer by Australian High Commissioner to the Maldives David Holly and Australian Defence Adviser Group Captain Sean Unwin.
At the ceremony in Sri Lanka, High Commissioner Holly stated that Australia stands in solidarity with the Maldives as both nations grapple with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. He stated that Australia, as a long-standing friend, is delighted to assist the Maldives in combating COVID-19 by supplying equipment to safeguard frontline workers.
Maldivian High Commissioner Omar expressed gratitude to Australia for the shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers and the Maldives National Defense Force. He described it as a sign of Australia’s developing regard and affection for the Maldives throughout the years.
The PPE, which included 12,000 high-quality coveralls and 200,000 gloves worth USD 120,000, was made in Sri Lanka by the Australian company Ansell and will help the Maldives reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Australian government has provided Maldives with about MVR 9 million (AUD 780,00) in equipment, including PPE and capacity training for frontline workers.