The second batch of medical aids offered by Chinese government to Senegal was received by Senegalese Minister of Health and Social Action Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr in Dakar.
During the reception ceremony, Sarr, on behalf of Senegalese President Macky Sall and Senegalese government, thanked China for its assistance and solidarity China has offered during his country’s fight against COVID-19.
“The donation received includes essentially protective equipments for our medial staff”, he said, adding that “this reflects China’s friendship and solidarity to our country”.
Sarr also thanked Jack Ma Foundation, Alibaba Foundation and Chinese companies based in Senegal for their donations.
For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Senegal Zhang Xun said China is ready to accompany Senegal to the final victory by sharing its experiences and providing more medical materials.
Calling COVID-19 a threat to people around the world and a huge challenge to global public health, Zhang stressed “we can only defeat it with concerted efforts and a collective response at the international level”.
“In this fight, China is very engaged to sincere and pragmatic cooperation with the international community,” he added.
He also revealed the second donation offered by Jack MA, consisting of testing kits and respirators, would arrive in a few days.
Wednesday’s donation also includes those coming from Chinese companies based in Senegal.
Manager of Twyford Ceramic Zheng Mingzao told Xinhua “COVID-19 a challenge for the whole human, so all of us have to fight together”.
The second batch of medical equipments donation was offered by Chinese Ministry of Commerce and China International Development Cooperation Agency. This batch of donation, which arrived on April 20 in Senegal, includes 1,750 N95 masks, 10,000 surgical masks, 1,750 disposable coveralls, 350 infrared thermometers, 1,750 protection glasses, 9,750 pairs of disposable nitrile gloves and 9,750 pairs of disposable shoe covers.
So far, Senegal has reported 442 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2, the start of the pandemic in Senegal. Apart from six patients deceased, Senegal has cured a total of 253 patients.