Chinese military donates medical kits to Rwandan forces to fight COVID-19

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The Chinese People Liberation Army donated medical supplies to Rwanda Defense Force to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rwandan Ministry of Defense said in a statement late Wednesday.

The COVID-19 prevention and control supplies valued at 290,000 U.S. dollars were airlifted by the China Air Force and received at Kigali International Airport Wednesday by the Rwanda Defense Force Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Gen J. Bosco Kazura, according to the statement.

The supplies are meant to support Rwandan people and military’s effort to fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, Rao Hongwei said in the statement.

“The donation will help the Rwandan side to improve capability to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a sign of profound and friendly relation between China and Rwanda,” he said

Kazura lauded what he described as valuable relationship and strong defense cooperation between China and Rwanda.

“The donation shows that if we put our effort together we shall definitely fight and overcome challenges and particularly the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The donation comprises of 50,000 units of disposable medical masks, 6000 surgical masks, 6000 medical N95 respirators, 4200 medical safety goggles, and 3000 disposable medical protective face shields, according to the statement.

Others include 3000 disposable one-piece protective gowns, 3000 waterproof isolation gowns, 6000 medical boots covers, 50 disposable nitrile gloves, 30 infusion pumps,  50 non-contact forehead infrared thermometers, 2 knapsack disinfection sprayers(16L) and 2 helmets for infrared thermal imaging temperature measurement.

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