Five tons of API Chloroquine have been imported from India for Cyprus and Israel as part of a joint initiative by the two countries to ensure adequate stocks amid the coronavirus epidemic.
In a joint written statement, the Health Ministers of Cyprus and Israel Constantinos Ioannou and Shmuel Revel said that the close neighbourly ties between the two countries and the telephone conversations between the Heads of State opened the door to an important cooperation confronting the threat of Covid-19.
The successful partnership between the two countries in the health field, significant in normal times, is even more vital in this time of emergency, they said.
An important first step is the exchange of treatment methods and protocols between the national corona centres in Israel and Cyprus –the Sheba Medical Centre and the Famagusta General Hospital – as well as with Nicosia General Hospital Intensive Care Unit, the two ministers added.
“Today, through a joint effort and an Israeli logistical assistance, 5 tons of API Chloroquine were imported from India. Together with existing stocks, this joint effort will ensure that we will have at our disposal very important quantities of Chloroquine needed for patients in Cyprus and in Israel,” they said.
“As we continue to face substantial challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, we will continue to explore every possibility to further enhance the cooperation between our countries,” they concluded.