Ghana has taken her share of Mr Jack Ma’s 1.1 million coronavirus testing kits, 6 million masks and 60,000 protective suits, making the country well-prepared to handle the spread of the disease, Health Minister Kweku Agyemang-Manu told journalists at the Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday.
This morning #Gabon, #Ghana, #Congo and the #DRC have received their #COVID19 prevention materials.The 2nd shipment of supplies from @JackMa & @AlibabaGroup containing 540k medical grade masks and 20k protective clothes is on its way to #Ethiopia.Dispatch to Africa will continue.
— Abiy Ahmed Ali ???????? (@AbiyAhmedAli) March 25, 2020
The Alibaba founder shipped the equipment to Africa as part of his efforts to help fight the spread of the virus in Africa.
Gabon, Ghana, Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo are among the third batch to receive the equipment.
Thank you @JackMa & the @AlibabaGroup for sending the first wave of #COVID-19 prevention materials. Support includes 1.1million testing kits,6million masks & 60,000 protective suits to be distributed throughout Africa. Distribution to other countries will begin as of tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/tHsiwoWFjY
— Abiy Ahmed Ali ???????? (@AbiyAhmedAli) March 22, 2020
The first consignment went to Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti on 23 March 2020 followed by South Africa, Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Sudan, Togo and Nigeria.
Apart from Africa, other beneficiaries of Jack Ma’s munificence have been Latin America, Rwanda, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, the Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka among others.
In a tweet, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali thanked China’s richest man for the philanthropy to the continent of African.
So far, sixty-eight cases have been confirmed in Ghana with two deaths.