EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: A consignment of corona-virus support from Chief Executive Officer of Ali Baba, global e-commerce giants arrived at the Banjul International Airport on Saturday to stimulate efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The World Health Organisation received the consignment which consisted 100,000 masks, 20,000 corona-virus test kits and 1,000 protective gear for onward delivery to various medical facilities.
The supply is a fraction of a total 1.1 million testing kits, six million masks and 60,000 medical use protective suits and face shields commissioned by the Chinese billionaire for all 54 the African countries.
Chinese Ambassador to the Gambia MA Jianchun said the situation of combating corona-virus is key and this is to be manifested in the China-Africa relation.
On the confirmation of three cases of the COVID-19 in the Gambia, he expressed sympathy and solidarity with the Gambia Government and her people and hoped that there is no further spread of the virus.
He described the donation the donation as China’s commitment to international public health
World Food Programme Country Director, Wanja Kaaria called on Gambians to continue to practice all the preventive measures prescribed by the World Health Organisation including social distancing to prevent the spread of the disease.
In the speech of World Health Organisation Resident Representative, Global figures of COVID-19 surpass five hundred thousand mainly in Europe and America, but a few countries in Africa showed a quick spread of the disease.
He said that the donation arrived at a very critical time in the fight against COVID-19, noting that the test kids and other material will go a long way in the crusade.
Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Amadou Lamin Samateh said this donation in the face of adversity is an opportunity to learn from China who managed to contain the disease.
He said it is a n unusual time which demands unusual behaviour which the ministry is struggling to popularise.
Jack Ma twitted one week ago that they could not ignore the potential risk to Africa and assume this continent of 1.3 billion people will blissfully escape the crisis.
“The world, he said, cannot afford the unthinkable consequences of a Covid-19 pandemic in Africa.”
Jack Ma noted that his foundation would start working with medical institutions in Africa to provide online training material for Covid-19 clinical treatment.
The first batch of the equipment arrived in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on March 22 with the Ethiopian airline distributing the items to the rest of the continent since Monday under logistical arrangement by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.