NAMIBIA has received a donation of medical equipment and protective gear to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic from the Chinese Government and Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the Hosea Kutako International Airport today, Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, said the donations demonstrate the sincerity and genuine support and solidarity that exists between the two countries.
“China stands side by side with Namibia in efforts to overcome this COVID-19 pandemic,” he said Yiming.
Receiving the donation, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, said the donations are most relevant to Namibia’s strategy in fighting the pandemic.
He said the donations will enable Namibia to expand criteria in who should be tested, as the country plans to upscale the scope of testing with the aim of combating community transmission.
“These donations will go a long way in improving our testing capabilities and ability to respond to the pandemic,” said Shangula.
According to Shangula, the donations will also help provide enough protection to frontline workers such as medical personnel.
The donation consists of medical and general medical masks, disposable medical protective gowns, medical goggles, portable infrared thermometers and medical shoe covers.
Jack Ma donated extraction kits, swab and viral transport medium, medical disposable protective clothing, face shields, ventilation machines, thermometer guns, medical gloves and N95 masks.