Kagame expresses gratitude to philanthropist Jack Ma for coronavirus test kits donation

On 21 March 2020 at 12:13

President Kagame has thanked entrepreneur and philanthropist Jack Ma for donating 20, 000 coronavirus test kits, masks, and protective equipment for medical staff who treat coronavirus patients.

Since patient zero was identified in Rwanda on March 14th, 2020, newly infected patients have been increasing reaching 17 by March 20th, 2020.

In a message posted on Twitter, President Kagame commended Jack Ma for his determination to lead the fight against coronavirus.

"Thank you Jack Ma and Jack Ma Foundation for your generous donation of test kits delivered in Kigali today. This is a huge shot in the arm and a much-needed contribution in our work to stop the spread of coronavirus. I know the people of Rwanda join me in gratitude."

The donation will allow Rwanda to strengthen preventive measures against coronavirus, test and treat more people. Currently, only 1200 people have been tested of the virus.

On March 16th, 2020, Jack Ma announced he would donate test kits and protective equipment to all 54 countries of Africa via Twitter.

"Africa can be one step ahead of the coronavirus. To each of the 54 African countries, we will donate 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields."

On top of the donations, Ma said the Foundation would start working with medical institutions in Africa to provide online training material for COVID-19 clinical treatment.
Apart from Africa, Ma has also donated testing kits to many other countries around the world including Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United States.

Ma is a Chinese entrepreneur whose net worth is estimated at $39.4 billion.

The first case of coronavirus was identified towards the end of 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China but after suffering a remarkable death toll, China has successfully treated and sent home all coronavirus patients.

However, the virus has spread to many other countries in the world particularly Italy. At least 276, 000 people are reported to have caught the virus while 11,400 died from it, 4032 being from Italy.

Responding to the increasing number of coronavirus patients in Rwanda, the ministry of health has adopted further preventive measures by advising people who have traveled within the past 14 days to practice self-quarantine.

In addition, bars and restaurants will be closing doors by 9 pm for those located in cities and 7 pm for those located in rural areas.

Other measures taken to preventive coronavirus are a complete lockdown on air travel for 30 days. Only cargo and emergency flights will keep operating.

The ministry of health advises Rwandans to keep observing preventive measures to counter further the spread of the virus and to call the toll-free number 114 to report any symptoms.

COVID-19 spreads through direct contact with the infected person, sneezing and coughing. To prevent the spread of the virus, regular hand washing with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or clean water and soap is advised, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoiding large gatherings. In addition, it is important to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Other measures taken by the ministry of health to counter coronavirus are closing all public and private schools as well as higher education institutions, banning public gatherings and advising citizens to work from home.

President Kagame has thanked entrepreneur and philanthropist Jack Ma for donating 20, 000 coronavirus test kits, masks, and protective equipment