April 20, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Chinese government has donated medical equipment to South Sudan, including 5 ventilators and more than 30 non-contact infrared thermometers, bringing the number of ventilators to 9 – in a country that has a population of 12 million.
South Sudan has so far registered 4 cases of COVID-19, raising fears that the number of cases could jump more quickly due to lack of medical equipment, facilities and poor hygiene in the country.
This is the second time that Chinese billionaire and philanthropist Jack Ma has sent a massive shipment of medical supplies to developing countries in Africa to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation was officially received by
South Sudan’s Ambassador to China, John Andruga Duku, and he appreciated China’s firm support for South Sudan in these difficult situations.
South Sudan is one of the latest countries in Africa to have confirmed and documented a few cases of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first coronavirus case was imported by a United Nations staff member who came to South Sudan from abroad via Ethiopia.