State-owned Chinese companies operating in Zimbabwe under the banner of the Chamber of Chinese Enterprises in Zimbabwe, on Friday made a donation of medical goods worth US$55 000 to help the country combat the novel coronavirus.
The companies donated medicines to the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and surgical masks to various provinces, the Immigration Department, and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.
The goods were received by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who expressed gratitude to the Chinese companies for the donation. He said:
The first 21 days and second 14 days (of total lockdown) gave us reasonable time to prepare ourselves as a country to a reasonable level.
When we felt we were reasonably prepared we then lowered the lockdown to Level 2 but most importantly we became reasonably prepared because of the support we received from our people, friends, organizations internally and externally and the People’s Republic of China was among the first countries who sent in equipment to support our endeavour to fight the pandemic.
Chamber of Chinese Enterprises in Zimbabwe vice-chairperson and publicity secretary Shanel Liu said they hoped the donation will go a long way in helping the country defeat COVID-19. Said, Liu:
We have learnt with great joy that local companies are currently increasing their production of quality face masks. And our donation is a supplement to ease the current urgent need.
We hope it will go a long way in ensuring the safety of those in the frontline and the various communities that will benefit from this donation.