Israel has provided the Palestinian Authority with a truck load of disinfectant to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus among the Palestinians.

The Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced that it has transferred 20 tons of disinfectant material from Israeli plants to Palestinian plants. The materials included chlorine and hydrogen peroxide, used for disinfection, preservation of hygiene and sanitation.

It said these disinfectant materials are used for cleaning surfaces in open areas and help in cleaning closed areas, including mosques and churches.

Last week Israel announced it had delivered 250 Coronavirus testing kits to the Palestinian Authority and held joint training sessions in order to help prevent the outbreak of the virus in Gaza and the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).

COGAT had been working with the Palestinian Authority bringing medical professionals together for training for the professional study of the virus, the protection of medical personnel, and the testing of patients suspected of being virus carriers.

In addition, COGAT is accessible to the Palestinian public through its social-media platforms, where they can follow the guidelines published by the Israeli Health Ministry on prevention and protection against the spread of the virus and ways of dealing with infection. The information published in Arabic is available to the entire Palestinian public in Judea and Samaria and in the Gaza Strip. 

“COGAT will continue to work closely with the Palestinian authorities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” it said. “That’s in coordination with the Israeli authorities, with emphasis on the Health Ministry and Magen David Adom.

Civil Administration Health Coordinator Dalia Bassa said: “Bacteria and viruses don’t stop at the border, and the spread of the dangerous virus in Judea and Samaria may also endanger the health of Israeli citizens. We will continue efforts to assist the Palestinian authorities in eradicating the spread of the virus out of Israeli interests and humanitarian considerations. If needed, we will extend medical training to Palestinian staff as well as transfer of medical equipment to the Palestinian health system.”

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