Guinea-Bissau on Monday received a third batch of medical supplies donated by China’s Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations to support the country’s COVID-19 response, the World Food Program (WFP) in Guinea-Bissau said in a press release.
This batch of material includes 2,496 test kits, 12 thermometers, 28,550 masks, 5,000 medical gloves, 810 face shields, 50 protective glasses, 1,000 protective suits, one body temperature scanner and two ventilators.
“This donation is very important to improve the working conditions and the protection of health care workers who find themselves on the front line in this fight,” WFP Representative in Guinea-Bissau Kiyomi Kawaguchi said, adding that “Guinea-Bissau needs medical equipment, because there is a risk of inventory shortage.”
In addition, Dionisio Cumba, coordinator of Guinea-Bissau’s Health Emergency Operations Center, welcomed the gesture of solidarity from the two Chinese foundations which continue to support Guinea-Bissau.
“This equipment will allow the national laboratory to process and analyze COVID-19 infection tests more quickly,” he said.
Cumba said no COVID-19 test was done on Monday due to the lack of materials at the national laboratory.
So far, Guinea-Bissau has reported 1,178 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths and 42 recoveries.
President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo has extended the state of emergency until May 26, and the wearing of masks is mandatory in all public spaces. Enditem