The Chinese Government on Tuesday donated medical supplies to Malawi Government to assist health workers in the fight against COVID -19.

The medical supplies, which were handed over through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA), include 150,000 surgical masks ,15,000 N95 masks, 7,000 protective clothing, 7,000 goggles, 7000 pairs of gloves and 300 pairs of show covers.

Speaking during the handover ceremony in Lilongwe on Tuesday, Deputy Chief of China Embassy, Wang Xiusheng said it was the hope of the Chinese government that the items will assist in the fight against COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Malawians.

“Currently, COVID-19 is raging in Malawi, now there are more than 4600 confirmed cases and when Malawi suffers, we are also deeply affected.

“One philosophy that sticks out in the fight against COVID -19 both in China and Malawi is the people-centred government philosophy and I believe that with this philosophy, Malawi will defeat COVID-19 and realise economic liberation eventually.

Co–Chairperson of the Presidential Task Force against COVID-19, Dr John Phuka said it is very clear that the country continues to suffer from COVID-19.

“We have over 2000 active cases with some of those that are in the wards and for us to continue to fight this disease, it means we need to continue our surveillance, test, treatment and trace as well as protect our health workers,” he said.

He added that the donation will largely support the health sector as currently, there is about nine per cent of health workers affected, contributing to the total of cumulative numbers.

“This support that focuses on helping that group of our society who are the front line fighters of COVID-19 is very helpful,” he said.

Credit: MANA

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