UNICEF ships 4.5 metric tons of protective supplies to help the Islamic Republic of Iran contain COVID-19 outbreak

06 March 2020
UNICEF Iran/2020/Sayyari

UNICEF’s second batch of supplies to fight Covid19 outbreak arrived in Iran, on 5th March, to protect the country's health care providers who are working bravely and wholeheartedly to help people infected with Coronavirus.

Weighing more than 3 metric tons, the personal protective supplies contain two types of high-filtered respiratory surgical masks, surgical gowns as well as surgical goggles. They were sent from UNICEF’s global supply hub in Copenhagen to Tehran at the request of the Ministry of Health to help fight Covid19 outbreak. Earlier in the week, UNICEF shipped the first batch of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health personnel, weighing more than 1 metric tons.

UNICEF is in close contact with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, mainly the Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), and other UN agencies in Iran, to monitor developments and urgent needs as the situation further unfolds. Schools, kindergartens and higher educational institutes are closed by the Government to contain the outbreak.

“This coronavirus is spreading at a breakneck speed and it is important to put all the necessary resources into halting it. We may not know enough about the virus’s impact on children or how many may be affected – but we do know that close monitoring and prevention are key. Time is not on our side. ”said UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, on the global outbreak of the Corona virus.

Coronaviruses are transmitted through direct contact, respiratory droplets like coughing and sneezing, and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

To avoid the risk of transmission, people should:

  • Wash their hands frequently using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • Cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough;
  • Seek medical care early if they have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share previous travel history with their health care provider;
  • Avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals in local markets

For more information on how to protect yourself and your children please visit UNICEF global website.

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