Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has welcomed the arrival of the first shipment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth more than £60 million.
The party’s health spokesperson said:
“I welcome the news that a major shipment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has arrived in the north from China.
“This equipment is worth more than £60m and includes 1.5m respirator masks, 63m other masks and more than 50m pairs of gloves.
“This delivery came about through a joint order from my party colleague, Finance Minister Conor Murphy and the health minister.
“Not only is this PPE essential in our hospitals, care homes and other health and social care settings, but it will also be necessary as we move to the next phase of easing restrictions.
“This will also put our health and social care services in a better place to cope with any resurgence in COVID-19 which may occur.
“Our priority has always been to save lives and keep people safe in the face of this pandemic.”