Minister of Disaster Management Affairs Affairs Everton Chimulirenji on Tuesday received a donation of medical protective kits from China.
Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Liu Hongyang Tuesday handed over the kits Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe which include 1000 protective face masks, 500 disposable medical protective clothing, 300 infrared thermometers, 480 protective medical goggles, 500 pairs of sterilized surgical gloves and 500 pairs of medical isolation shoes.
Speaking at the event, Chimulirenji commended the People’s Republic of China for the timely donation.
He added that the Government of Malawi is leaving no stone unturned in preventing the outbreak of the disease in the country.
“The donation uplifts the effort in preventing the outbreak of the virus in the country. Government of Malawi appreciates the financial and technical support the People’s Republic of China renders to Malawi, in disaster risk management and all developmental aspects.
“As a people, we are optimistic that your government will continue assisting Malawi, financially and technically, in the prevention of Covid-19 following strides your government has made in the fight against the pandemic,” said Chimulirenji.
On his part, Liu said his country felt obliged to make a timely donation to Malawi.
“Malawi has not registered a Covid-19 case but has put restrictive measures aimed at preventing the outbreak of the disease. We are in full support of the measures and as a people, we felt obliged to make this donation. China was the first country to be hit by Coronavirus and we know what it means to be hit by a deadly disease,” said Liu.
In a statement also released on Tuesday, Ambassador Liu urged Government and citizens to seriously take prevention and control measures, and adopt comprehensive detection and isolation measures” against the deadly COVID-19.
“Everyone should take precautions in daily life, reduce exposure and travel, and do everything possible to prevent COVID -19 in Malawi,’’ the Ambassador said in the statement titled Defeat the Pandemic through Global Solidarity and Joint Action.
Malawi is yet to record a case of the Coronavirus. According to the Ministry, all 18 people tested in Malawi since the coronavirus outbreak began tested negative.
Malawi’s neighbours Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania have all recorded cases.