A Turkish military cargo plane carrying the second batch of medical supplies departed on April 12 for the U.K. in a bid to help the coronavirus combat.
“At the direction of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s instructions, the second batch of medical aid that will be used to fight the COVID-19 virus have been sent to the U.K. today,” the Defense Ministry said in a tweet.
In the meantime, Wendy Morton, British MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for European Neighbourhood thanked Turkey on April 11 for medical supplies sent to the U.K — one of the worst-hit countries by the coronavirus.
“I want to express thanks to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca for 250,000 items of PPE for the NHS – 14 tonnes of which delivered to Royal Air Force Brize Norton yesterday. This generous gift demonstrates strength of friendship between Turkey and the U.K,” she said on Twitter.
The delivery of the aid was covered extensively in the foreign press and Turkey received thanks from British Twitter users.
“They did the same thing for Ireland in1845 in the days of Great Famine. Well done Turkey,” said a user on the platform, referring to the Ottoman Empire’s aid to Ireland.
Health workers have complained about the lack of medical equipment in the U.K. and criticized the government as 19 health officials have died because of COVID-19.
“I’m sorry if people feel that there have been failings,” Home Secretary Priti Patel said at the daily Downing Street coronavirus briefing.
Health Minister Matt Hancock emphasized the dire need for medical supplies, saying the equipment should be considered “valuables” and used only for clinical needs.
Turkey previously sent masks, N95 masks, and protective suits on April 10, accompanied by a message to residents in the U.K: “After hopelessness, there is much hope and after darkness, there is the much brighter sun. Rumi.”