CHINESE First Lady Peng Liyuan donated medical equipment to fight and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, through the Organization of African First ladies for Development(OAFLAD).
The donations, were received by Zambia’s First Lady Esther Lungu. Some of the donations encompasses disposable medical masks, infrared thermometers and surgical masks.
The Zambian first lady said the donation will go a long way in helping the country overcome the pandemic she further expressed gratitude to her Chinese counterpart for such a generous donation.
The Zambian first lady indicated that the donation could not have come at a better time than now when countries were trying to protect themselves from the transmission of the deadly disease.
“It is for this reason that I am here today because I fully support Professor Peng Liyuan’s initiative and firmly believe in the significance of sisterly collaboration as first ladies across the globe,” said Esther Lungu
The donation programme which is being spearheaded by the Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan is set to benefit a number of African countries, as Zimbabwe is among one of the countries that have received donations from the Chinese first lady.
When the donations were handed over to the Zimbabwe’s first lady, she noted that the move is complimenting international efforts to control and contain the pandemic.
“Indeed, it will go a long way in complementing government, international cooperating partners and other stakeholders and individuals’ efforts to control and contain the pandemic…. We believe this has made a difference,”
On his part, the Chinese envoy said China will continue to provide Zambia with support in its quest to tackle the pandemic through supplying medical items as well as building the capacity of human resources.
China is among the first top countries that helped Zambia and other African nations, from the early spread of the pandemic in Southern African in early March.
As to date Zambia has so far recorded a total of 1,895 cases and 42 deaths.
The envoy, who commended Zambia for the efforts done to combat the pandemic so far, said collaboration was important if the battle against the pandemic was to be won.
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News Correspondent -Zimbabwe