Zimbabwe takes delivery of medical supplies from China to fight COVID-19 pandemic

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Staff unload Chinese medical supplies from an airplane at the Kotota International Airport in Accra, capital of Ghana, April 6, 2020. China's medical supplies for 18 African countries have arrived here on Monday, and are scheduled to be delivered to the other 17 countries within a few days. The beneficiary African countries are Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Togo, Benin, Cape Verde, as well as Sao Tome and Principe. (Xinhua/Xu Zheng)
Staff unload Chinese medical supplies from an airplane at the Kotota International Airport in Accra, capital of Ghana, April 6, 2020. China's medical supplies for 18 African countries have arrived here on Monday, and are scheduled to be delivered to the other 17 countries within a few days. The beneficiary African countries are Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Togo, Benin, Cape Verde, as well as Sao Tome and Principe. (Xinhua/Xu Zheng)

Zimbabwe on Monday took delivery of a huge consignment of medical supplies and equipment sourced from China for use in the ongoing fight against the deadly coronavirus.

The supplies were jointly purchased by local fuel company Sakunda Holdings and local Chinese businesses for use in local hospitals.

“Sakunda Holdings and Chinese business people operating in Zimbabwe have imported 23 tonnes of medical equipment, PPEs and ventilators plus Chinese and Western medicines to fight COVID-19,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade said on Twitter.

The consignment arrived on Air Zimbabwe charter flight at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

The initiative is part of efforts that the private sector is making to assist the government in dealing with COVID-19.

On its part, the government has availed over 500 million Zimbabwe dollars (1.38 million U.S. dollars)towards the fight against the pandemic, and has also made an international appeal for 220 million U.S. dollars to fight the disease.

Zimbabwe currently has 25 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including three deaths and two recoveries.

Meanwhile, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has announced a third round of COVID-19 assistance to African countries.

“Our third donation to Africa will immediately be made to the African Union and the Africa Centre for Disease Control,” he said on twitter.

“This includes 4.6 million masks, 500,000 swabs and test kits, 300 ventilators, 200,000 clothing sets, 200,000 face shields, 2,000 thermal guns, 100 body temperature scanners and 500, 000 pairs of gloves.” Enditem

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