China sends doctors, equipment to help Zimbabwe fight virus


Harare – China on Monday deployed a team of doctors and donated a consignment of medical equipment to Zimbabwe to help with the country with the fight against coronavirus.

“The Chinese medical experts will make a contribution to the battle… against the coronavirus,” said Chinese ambassador Guo Shaochun at the Robert Mugabe International Airport after the plane bearing 17 doctors and equipment arrived.

“This is a very good reflection of the long-standing friendship between China and Zimbabwe,” added Gu.

The donation included personal protective equipment for frontline medical staff, but the value was not divulged.

“You have demonstrated that we are all-weather friends,” said Social Welfare Minister July Moyo to the Chine diplomat.

“You are bringing professional medical staff who were on the frontline fighting Covid-19 in your own country,” Moyo said adding the help “can only bolster our determination to fight this pandemic.”

Zimbabwe has recorded 36 cases of the coronavirus and four deaths.

Local doctors have warned that Zimbabwe’s health services are not enough to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

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