UN grants US$16 million to aid Angola fight COVID-19


The United Nations (UN) has granted 16 million U.S. dollars to complement Angola’s effort in fighting the COVID-19, the UN’s resident coordinator in Angola, Paolo Balladelli, said on Tuesday.

The UN official explained that the pandemic forced the reprogramming of the resources aimed for the cooperation plan with Angola.

Some 12.5 million U.S. dollars have been made available to support the national response against the COVID-19 and 3.5 million for the food security of the populations of the drought-hit provinces of Namibe, Huila, Cunene and Cuando Cubango, the UN official said.

Balladeli also said that the resources will serve to grant technical assistance, through knowledge transfer and internal capacity building, considering essential the improvement of coordination mechanisms with partners.

The UN official also considered the prevailing State of Emergency in the country a well thought and timely measure, because physical distance is the most important weapon to prevent the spread of the virus.

In the meantime, he underlined that the isolation can cause economic and social difficulties, advocating the financial transfers through acceleration of domestic food production, such as wheat, cassava, maize, eggs and chicken to ensure food security for the population as well as access to water.

He also said discussed with Angolan president the possibility for the domestic production of masks to reduce local infection, even with means available such local fabric.

Angola has registered 19 positive cases of the COVID-19, with four recovered and two dead. The country is in its fifth day without reporting a positive case. Enditem

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