ADDIS ABABA – Chinese billionaire’s support to Africa continues with the arrival of 300 ventilators and more medical equipment in Addis Ababa, the seat of the African Union, on Monday.
The medical equipment are expected to be distributed via Ethiopian airlines to African nations that lack the equipment to treat COVID-19 patients.
Africa’s 54 countries have so far reported close to 30, 000 confirmed cases of the disease, just a fraction of the more than three million cases reported globally.
But the WHO has warned that the continent could see as many as 10 million cases in three to six months, according to its tentative model.
Recently, the Jack Ma Foundation has become a major force in equipping African nations with various protective equipment and medical supplies.
“Today, we received the 3rd round of essential medical supplies from Jack Ma including 199,300 protective clothing, 300 ventilators, 708 thermometer guns, 28,500 medical gloves and 3,800 faces shields,” said Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
“Thank you for continuing to show solidarity with Africa,” he added.
The supplies’ are expected to be key in the fight against the virus in the continent at least ten unidentified nations are facing the virus without a single ventilator, according to Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Ma, the Chinese billionaire founder of Alibaba Group, has donated thousands of test kits, masks, and protective gear to all African nations through Ethiopian Airlines.
The medical equipment arrive at Addis Abeba Bole airport on Monday afternoon [Photo PMoE]