MOGADISHU — A cargo flight carrying protective and medical equipment donated to Somalia by Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma to help it tackle the coronavirus has on Tuesday arrived at Aden Adde international airport in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
The medical equipment donated includes testing kits, protective clothing, and protective face shields and other medical equipment to battle the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the Horn of Africa nation where decades of violence and lawlessness have left the country with an almost nonexistent health care system.
The East African country confirmed its first case of COVID-19, the infection caused by the novel coronavirus, mid this month in a student who returned from China and is now in quarantine, according to the country’s health ministry.
In a bid to curb the virus’s spread, the Somali government has announced a suspension of all international flights arriving or leaving the country for two weeks.
It also underlined that humanitarian cargo flights particularly medicine and foodstuff will be granted permission into the airspace.
On Sunday, Somali State Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdulkadir Ahmed-khair Abdi held talks Chinese Ambassador Qin Jian in the capital Mogadishu.
The officials discussed the developments in containing and combating the deadly Coronavirus.
The minister said his government is appreciating the humanitarian donation of medical materials from Jack Ma, the founder of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba to the 54 countries of the African continent to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
Ma donated 100,000 masks, 1,000 protective clothing and other materials for each country in 54 African countries, and 20,000 test kits for each African country.
The materials, consisting of 6 million masks, 1.1 million kits, 60,000 sets of protective clothing, 60,000 protective masks and other items, arrived on Sunday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Source: Mustaqbal Radio Origin: View original