Rwanda to receive second batch of coronavirus test kits, protective gear

By IGIHE
On 6 April 2020 at 03:21

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Jack Ma has announced he would send a second batch of coronavirus test kits, masks and protective equipment for medical staff who treat coronavirus patients.

In a message he posted today on his Twitter account, Jack Ma stated "Our second donation to 54 countries in Africa is on the way. That includes 500 ventilators, 200,000 suits and face shields, 2000 thermometers, 1 million swabs & extraction kits and 500,000 gloves."

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 stated that "In total, 1.1 million test kits and 60,000 protective masks will be sent to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia will be in charge of supervising the equitable distribution of the donation in all African countries."

On March 24th, 2020, Dr. Abiy Ahmed confirmed that an Ethiopian Airlines cargo aircraft had left Addis Ababa carrying test kits and other equipment destined to South Africa, Burundi, Rwanda, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Sudan."
In a message posted on Twitter, President Kagame recently 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."

Currently, 104 patients have tested positive for coronavirus in Rwanda while 4 of them recovered and were discharged from hospital over the weekend.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Jack Ma said he would send a second batch of coronavirus test kits, masks and protective equipment for medical staff who treat coronavirus patients.

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