ADDIS ABEBA – Korean community here has contributed medical supplies to Ethiopia’s effort to contain the deadly coronavirus.
The medical supplies include testing kits, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, and personal protective equipments worth more than half a million.
Embassy of South Korea to Ethiopia, Hoon-min Lim, has handed over the supplies to the minister of health Dr. Lia Tadesse in an event held today.
Dr. Lia expressed her gratitude for the continuous support and solidarity by Korea after its Business Association in Ethiopia made similar support to the fight against the virus.
“We hope Korea to play a crucial role in response to the COVID-19 in Africa, and especially in Ethiopia,” the minister said and added that “Ethiopia is proud of Korea, a close partner, that it has successfully overcome the COVID-19 crisis”.
The Korean government supported the supply of 25,000 portions of the Korean diagnostic test kits while the remaining other supplies and monetary donations were delivered together by KOICA and Korean companies based in Ethiopia including EKOS, LG and Daewoo, among others.
“To beat COVID19 and to recover from the devastation it has wrought, an unprecedented level of global solidarity and coordinated action is needed,” said ambassador Lim said.
He also said the Korea government “is prepared to fully share all information and insight garnered in our ongoing fight against COVID-19 with the partners in the international community”.
“In particular, it will strengthen cooperation with Ethiopia, the only country in Africa that had dispatched a ground troop during the Korean War,” the ambassador said.
Korea’s Ministry of Patriots and Veteran Affairs has a plan to give masks and sanitary supplies to Korean war veterans and their families next week.