2020-05-07 10:00:00

Patriarch Kirill blesses sending of humanitarian aid to Belarus to counter coronavirus epidemic

Moscow, May 7, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has blessed the sending of a humanitarian cargo to Belarus to help it slow the spread of Covid-19 and treat infected patients, head of the Russian State Duma Committee for the Development of Civil Society Sergey Gavrilov said.

"Over 50,000 facemasks, 30,000 pairs of gloves, respirators, and protective coveralls, 4 tonnes of sanitizers, and, what counts most, kits of medicines for the entire cycle of treatment of coronavirus-infected patients in serious condition, designed for more than 300 patients, have been delivered to Minsk. The treatment cycle has been agreed upon with medics, in line with the treatment plans," the Russian Orthodox Church quoted Gavrilov in a statement published on its website.

This aid, blessed by Patriarch Kirill, has been provided by Russian Orthodox believers and donated to all residents of Belarus, regardless of their views or religion, those undergoing treatment at Minsk hospitals, and also to monks of the Lyady Monastery and nuns of the St. Elizabeth Convent, Gavrilov said.

The Belarusian exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Belarusian secular authorities facilitated the delivery of the humanitarian aid.