S. Korea Provides Emergency Covid-19 Aid to Ethiopia, Africa

ADDIS ABEBA – South Korea has provided Ethiopia with US$5 million worth of emergency aid to help overcome a major health crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Ham Sang-wook, deputy foreign minister for multilateral and global affairs, attended a ceremony in Addis Abeba on Tuesday to present the package to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health. 

Under the package, South Korea is providing medical equipment and other supplies, as well as dispatching infectious disease experts and helping build temporary medical facilities to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.

The ministry said Han also held talks with Lia Tadesse, Ethiopia’s health minister, on the sidelines to discuss ways to cooperate in the health sector.

More Support for Africa CDC

During his final day in Addis, the deputy Minister Ham also held talks with Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Commissioner of the AUC’s headquarters, where the Antigen based rapid diagnostic tests (Ag-RDTs) kits handed over.

The test kits worth 6.3 million USD were given to Africa CDC, African Union medical wing, according to S. Korean Embassy here.

At the handing over ceremony, the Deputy Minister said “none of us can be safe until we all are”.

And the world learned a constant lesson clearly once again that “cooperation and solidarity should be at the center to overcome our ongoing battle against the novel coronavirus”, he said.

Ham also underlined that the whole series of support mobilized by the Korean government for African Union since the outbreak of the pandemic demonstrates a tangible sign of solidarity and cooperation between Korea and the AU.

Kwesi Quartey underlined that “we are under a ‘new normal’ where collaboration and solidarity are most needed than ever”.

He lauded Korea’s efforts as one of the best practice that entails multi-dimensional aspects such as science and education. The South Korean government has mobilized around 9 million USD worth of assistance so far which also includes the donation of masks worth 2 million USD to 28 sub-Saharan countries.

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