UN Secretary General António Guterres called on rich countries to help the poor in the fight against the spread of coronavirus infection, otherwise, he said, millions of people will die. Ukraine has become the only European country to which the UN plans to allocate money for this program.
It takes $ 2 billion to fight the coronavirus pandemic in poor countries. UN Secretary General Antoniu Guterres said this on March 25, the organization’s press service informs.
During the presentation of the humanitarian plan, Guterrish said that if you do not support states that are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, millions of people will die.
The UN called on the governments of different countries to finance the presented plan.
“Governments are now taking measures to fight the infection, rightly considering the protection of their own population a priority. However, sadly, we must admit that they will not be able to protect their people if they do not help the poorest countries now,” said the UN Secretary General.
Implementation of the plan will be undertaken by UN agencies in cooperation with international non-governmental organizations, the press service said.
$ 75 million has already been allocated to help countries in need from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.
Guterrish noted that countries first of all need help South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. They plan to deliver medical supplies and medicines for the treatment of coronavirus infection, handwashing stations in refugee camps to these countries, as well as conduct public education campaigns.
The global humanitarian response plan for the fight against coronavirus infection COVID-19 provides assistance for Ukraine in the amount of $ 33 million, said on Facebook the press secretary of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN Oleg Nikolenko.
“We are talking about the implementation of humanitarian projects in the eastern regions on both sides of the demarcation line in the following areas: health care facilities, food security and basic necessities, the elderly and people with disabilities, full school education. The most vulnerable categories of Ukrainians should have funds for treatment and minimizing the negative effects of coronavirus, “he wrote.
In a comment to Voice of America Nikolenko specified that Ukraine has become the only European country to which the UN plans to allocate money to combat COVID-19. At first it was about $ 20 million, but in the end, the amount of aid for Ukraine was increased to $ 33 million, he said.
The COVID-19 outbreak began at the end of 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
According to the American Johns Hopkins University on March 26, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 470 thousand, of which 21 313 died, about 114 thousand recovered.
In Ukraine, according to the Ministry of Health, 156 cases of COVID-19 were laboratory confirmed, five people died.