Kenya has today received part of consignment of corona test kits donated by Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma. The shipment have arrived via an Ethiopian airlines.
The first batch of the equipment, arrived in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, March 22 with more supplies set to be shipped in the coming weeks.
In Ethiopia, the shipment arrived having a sign attached with the slogan, “when people are determined they can overcome anything”.
The billionaire had issued a total of 1.1 million testing kits and 6 million masks. Jack Ma has also made similar donations to the US, Japan and countries in Europe. The kits are to be distributed among all the 54 African nations, with each African country to receive 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields.
In a statement the Chinese billionaire had further said that the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation will immediately start working with medical institutions in Africa to provide online training material for COVID-19 clinical treatment.
The Alibaba co-founder says the donation is meant “to combat the potential surging demand for medical supplies and equipment in Africa.”