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05 June 2020, 14:51

Second batch of humanitarian aid from Poland arrives in Belarus

MINSK, 4 June (BelTA) – The second batch of humanitarian aid from Belarus to Belarus to combat COVID-19 has arrived in Minsk, BelTA learned.

Forty trucks arrived in the transport and logistics center Minsk-Beltamozhservis 2 and five more trucks were unloaded in Lida. The total weight of the cargo is 300 tonnes. Poland has sent ventilators, medicines, several million protective and medical masks, antiseptic liquid, protective robes, hazmat suits, PCR test kits. As Chief of the Polish Prime Minister Chancellery Michal Dworczyk said at a ceremony in Warsaw yesterday this is the largest batch of humanitarian aid in the history of modern Poland.

The humanitarian aid was transported by trucks of the State Fire Service, the State Police and the Border Service. Representatives of the Healthcare Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish Embassy in Belarus welcomed the cargo near the Belarusian capital city. Medical equipment, medical products and medicines will be handed over to the National Center for Medical Response, Grodno Regional Infectious Diseases Clinical Hospital, the district hospitals in Shchuchin, Lida, Smorgon, and Volkovysk.

The humanitarian aid was allocated by the Polish government, but the transit was organized with the help of the EU agencies. “This is common Polish-European undertaking,” the diplomat explained.

Belarus' Deputy Health Minister Boris Androsyuk explained that the cargo will be cleared in the next several days and will be distributed among hospitals next week.

The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed its gratitude to Poland. “We are sure that this is not just a symbolic gesture, but a sign of good-neighborly, friendly relations between the two countries at a difficult time for the whole international community,” the ministry stressed.

As it has been reported, the first batch of humanitarian aid arrived in Belarus on 24 April. Then it included disinfectants (50,000 liters), antiseptics (30,000 liters) and surgical masks (100,000 necessary to fight the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.

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