Speaking at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, when he officially presented the donation, Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Liu Hongyang, 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.
“We have made a donation of 1,000 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. This [donation] is not enough but it will make a difference during this prevention period,” said Hongyang.
Hongyang, who advised Malawians to observe social distance at all costs, added that his government will continue providing support to the Malawi Government in the wake of the COVID-19 threat.
In his remarks, Minister of Disaster Management Affairs and Public Events Everton Herbert Chimulirenji commended the People’s Republic of China for the timely donation.
“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.