Korea donates 100,000 KF94 facemasks to Rwanda

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 14 September 2020 at 12:36

The Korean Embassy in Kigali on September 11 donated 100,000 KF94 facemasks worth US$100,000 [over Rwf 96 million] to the Ministry of Health of Rwanda through Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) to support Rwanda’s efforts to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The handover ceremony was held at Kigali International Airport, attended by the Division Manager of Rwanda’s National Reference Laboratory, Dr. Emille Mwikarago, and the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Korean Embassy, Jongyun Choi.

The Director-General of the RBC, Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana thanked the Government of the Republic of Korea, saying their support was timely.

“We appreciate the contribution of the Government of Korea; indeed the masks will help us to stop the spread of COVID-19. The donation is a sign of concrete cooperation; a friend in need is a friend indeed,” he said.

Jongyun Choi said that global solidarity is important more than ever and assured that his country will be a close friend of Rwanda in its fight against COVID 19.

KF94 mask is equivalent to FFP2 mask in Europe and N95 mask in the United States.

As Rwanda continues to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been receiving international funding to help with the fight, with over 100 breathing machines recently provided by the United States and other medical supplies including masks, temperature testing equipment provided by the army of this country.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Rwanda has risen to over 4,500 so far, while the death toll has risen to 22.

The event was attended by various Rwandan health officials and members of the Korean Embassy
Dr. Emille Mwikarago also attended the handover ceremony
This Korean grant consists of 100,000 masks