Chinese Billionaire, Jack Ma donated medical equipment to Kenya, moments after World Bank announced that the Government of Kenya would receive Ksh 6 billion in funding.
Jack Ma, Chinese business magnate, and investor stated that all African countries would each receive 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields.
The 1.1 million testing kits, 6 million masks, and 60,000 medical use protective suits and face shields will be delivered to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will take the lead in managing the logistics and distribution of the supplies to other African countries.
“I want to express a big “Thank You” to the Ethiopian government and Prime Minister Abiy. In addition, we will immediately start working with medical institutions in Africa to provide online training material for COVID-19 clinical treatment. This crisis is proving to be more difficult and longer-lasting than any of us had expected. We must make every effort to get prepared. The past two months show us that if we take it very seriously and are proactive, we are more than capable of containing the virus,” the billionaire stated while calling upon all nations to unite in the fight against the disease.
Meanwhile, the Ksh 6 billion funding issued by the World Bank on Monday, March 16, will be split between the Covid-19 Financing Facility and the Universal Health Coverage Project.
“The World Bank has committed $60M to help GoK respond to Covid-19: $50M from Covid-19 Financing Facility & $10M from Contingency Emergency Response component of Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care Project,” read the statement.
According to WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the fund was critical in ensuring that the international community could come together to contribute to fighting the pandemic.
“We are at a critical point in the global response to Covid-19. We need everyone to get involved in this massive effort to keep the world safe,” stated Tedros.
Kenya confirmed two cases of COVID-19 with over a dozen individuals under quarantine. Other African countries that have confirmed positive patients include Ethiopia, Cameroon, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal, and Nigeria.
courtesy of: kenyansco