China has donated medical supplies to assist Zambia in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic

The People's Republic of China has donated medical supplies to assist Zambia in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. 

During the update on Covid-19 by the Ministry of Health on Friday 25th September, 2020, His Excellency Mr. Li Jie, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Zambia announced the donation of 60 ventilators, 50 oxygen generators, 20,000 N95 masks, 100,000 medical masks, and 430 thermometers.Ambassador Li stated that the donated medical supplies, valued at K6 million, were already in Zambia and would be distributed to various institutions countrywide.

Ambassador Li noted that on 20th July, 2020, His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia and His Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping confered on telephone during which they charted the course  of the Zambia China coooperation in different fields and solidarity with Zambia in its fight against Covid-19. 

The Ambassador lauded Zambia's efforts in fighting the disease and hoped that the donated items would go a long way in helping to stem the tide of Covid19 and protect health workers.

Ambassador Li noted that China stands ready to work with Zambia in its Covid-19 response and to stabilise trade and investment in the country.

In response, Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya expressed sincere gratitude for China's solidarity with Zambia through the donation of Personal Protective Equipment and materials. 

Dr. Chilufya noted that the Government of China has supported Zambia in the health sector through various bilateral agreements which have led to the expansion of existing health infrastructure; construction of specialist hospitals; and strengthened public private partnerships with the Chinese business community contributing to the construction of 40 district hospitals in different parts of the country, among other initiatives.

Dr. Chilufya reiterated Zambia's commitment to strengthening further the bilateral relations with China.

Earlier, Dr. Chilufya launched the Zambia Covid-19 Dashboard aimed at strengthening disease surveillance, enhancing sharing of information, transparency and accountability.

In the last 24 hours, Zambia has recorded 24 new cases of Covid-19 out of 1,737 tests conducted. The total number of cases now stands at 14,515 including 111 Covid-19 deaths, 217 Covid-19 associated deaths, 13,643 recoveries and 540 active cases under specialised medical care in Government designated facilities.

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