The supplies were donated directly from China’s People’s Liberation Army as part of the two countries’ military-to-military ties. They include disposable medical masks, surgical masks, medical N95 respirators, medical safety goggles, disposable one-piece protective gowns, infusion pumps, infrared thermometers, among others.
The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Ambassador RAO Hongwei, while handing over the equipment to the CDS, said that the supplies are meant to support Rwandan people and the military’s effort to fight the coronavirus.
“The donation will help the Rwandan side to improve the capability to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a sign of profound and friendly relation between China and Rwanda,” He said.
“The Chinese side attaches great importance to China-Rwanda military to military ties which is an indispensable part of our bilateral relations. Both sides have frequent exchanges and co-operation on UN peacekeeping, anti-terrorism, humanitarian relief, epidemic research and also public health sector. I strongly believe that with strong support from China and from around the world Rwanda will overcome the pandemic at an earlier date,” the Ambassador added.
Gen. Jean Bosco Kazura, Rwanda’s Chief of Defence Staff thanked the People’s Liberation Army for the gesture, saying it is another sign of continuing to strengthen the existing excellent relations between the two armies.
“In this particular moment of this pandemic of Covid-19 we can work together to find a solution to this problem. And the donation we have received today shows that if we put our efforts together we can definitely fight and overcome this challenge.” Gen. Kazura said