Uganda has received 100,000 masks, 20,089 test kits, 741 Personal Protective Equipment and 1,111 face shields from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma as part of his donations to the country.
The billionaire donated these items to Africa as support towards COVID19 response, according to World Health organisation.
“To combat the potential surging for demand for medical supplies and equipment in Africa, Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation will donate to each one of the 54 African nations 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields,” the statement read.
“In addition, we will immediately start working with medical institutions in Africa to provide online training material for COVID-19 clinical treatment,”
“Now it is as if we are all living in the same forest on fire. As members of the global community, it would be irresponsible for us to sit on the fence, panic, ignore facts or fail to act. We need to take action now!” the statement concluded.
The billionaire philanthropist is leaving no country behind in his effort to help the world fight the relentless coronavirus pandemic.
A batch of supplies donated by his charities arrived in Ethiopia on Sunday so it can be distributed across the African continent as the region scrambles to contain the spread of the virus.
Ma, China’s richest man and founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, said the world cannot afford the unthinkable consequences of a COVID-19 pandemic in Africa which had been spared the brunt of the outbreak but has seen an increasing number of infections in recent days.