ADDIS ABABA – Ministry of Health has received various medical equipment donations that will support Ethiopia’s effort to curb the spread of noble coronavirus in the country.
The latest donation came from five contributors including Ethiopians living in China and Frankfurt city of Germany.
According to the ministry, Ethiopian Students and Community in China provided 50 patient monitors worth $20,000 while Ethiopian Community and partners in Frankfurt handed over medical equipment and PPE worth over €82, 247 on Wednesday.
Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse said their donation would be instrumental in the fight against COVID-19 in Ethiopia.
To date, Ethiopia has tested 535, 431 people and reported 25, 118 cases including 463 deaths.
Officials say country’s response to stop the spread of the virus needs support of all kinds as they expect the number of cases to increase.
On the same day, Lions Club International Foundation, Jack Ma’s foundation and Engender Health Ethiopia have supported the ministry’s effort to stop the spread of the virus in the country.
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma also donated personal protective equipment, thermometers and mechanical ventilators worth 88,000 USD.
Jack Ma’s latest support will help start services at COVID-19 field hospital constructed in Addis Ababa by the UN World Food Program (WFP), according to Dr. Lia.
Lions Club International Foundation, on its part, donated 500,000 birr worth of Isolation gowns, that are purchased from a local manufacturer while Engender Health Ethiopia handed over an unspecified amount of COVID-19 preventive items to the Ministry on the same day.
In a message posted on twitter, health minister Dr. Lia expressed her ministry’s “great appreciation” for the donors’ support that will positively affect the ongoing response to tackle the spread of coronavirus.