As the field hospital was operational, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and Joint Military Medical Services decided to release the donation of medical expendables.
"Once we received the list with the supplies that were needed, we turned it over to NSPA for action. Norway has the benefit of having a liaison officer at NSPA, Major Per Øyvind Berg (in the picture). He played an important role in coordinating the buying and quality control of the medical supplies", explained Lieutenant Colonel Egil Daltveit, Defence Attaché of Norway to North Macedonia.
The medical consumables were purchased through the NATO Logistics Stock Exchange (NLSE) and stored at the NSPA Warehouse until they were shipped to North Macedonia by road transport. The supplies arrived to Skopje on 13 July 2020. The donation was accepted by State Secretary at the Defence Ministry of North Macedonia, Dragan Nikolic, during a handover ceremony celebrated upon arrival. "Today's donation yet again affirms the importance of being a NATO member. The donation of the Kingdom of Norway consists of everything needed at this point to handle the coronavirus crisis," Nikolic said.
"The Norwegian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces are very happy to be able to help a friend and Ally in a time of need. This has been carried out by NSPA in an exemplary fashion, and we are grateful to all who have assisted on your side", assured Lieutenant Colonel Daltveit.