China and Jack Ma Foundation help Portuguese-speaking African countries

The government of China and at least one Chinese private entity have been helping Portuguese-speaking African countries by providing medical and hospital equipment for a timely response to the new coronavirus pandemic, according to local newspapers and news agencies.

The ambassador of China in São Tomé and Príncipe announced on Friday  he had delivered a batch of equipment, including masks, gloves, protective footwear and visors, as well as thermometers, as part of health cooperation between the two states.

Expressing gratitude for being, “able to contribute in a modest way” to assisting São Tomé and Príncipe in the prevention of this pandemic, Wang Wei restated China’s willingness and availability to continue supporting the archipelago as well as other African countries in combating the coronavirus.

This donation from the Chinese government follows another focused on preventive actions against the pandemic, which led the archipelago to declare a state of health emergency since 17 March with various restrictive measures imposed by the government.

In Guinea-Bissau, the authorities announced the arrival of hospital equipment from China on Tuesday and Saturday and the launch of emergency food aid operations as part of the fight against the new coronavirus pandemic.

“On 18 April a first load of miscellaneous equipment for hospital purposes is due to arrive from China, and a second boat will arrive on 21 April,” said Nuno Nabian, appointed prime minister of Guinea-Bissau by the self-proclaimed president of the country, Umaro Sissoco Embaló.

Guinea-Bissau has recorded 46 cases of covid-19, three of which have recovered, and as part of the fight against the pandemic declared a state of emergency until 26 April and has hardened some of the measures for combating the disease.

Angola, for its part, on Friday took delivery of a donation of 10 ventilators, 4,000 protective suits, 11,000 N95 masks and 20,000 swab sticks (to collect samples) donated by the Jack Ma Foundation to the Ministry of Health.

The gesture was announced by the Secretary of State for Public Health, Franco Mufinda, when he updated the information on Covid-19. For the last 10 days Angola has seen no change in the statistical data relating to positive cases, which currently stand at 19, of which 12 are active, five recovered and two deaths. (macauhub)