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In the help to fight against the Covid-19 in Papua New Guinea, the Chinese Government presented US$300,000 (K1 million) – to the Government.
Chinese Ambassador Xue Bing made this presentation to Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Patrick Pruaitch representing the PNG Government and was witnessed by Port Moresby General Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Paki Molumi and other senior doctors.
Xue said the outbreak of Covid-19 is spreading very fast worldwide and while in China, the situation was changing for the better in the past two weeks.
“As China’s situation is getting better now, we will give back to Papua New Guineans by providing this token as from the very beginning of this outbreak of Covid-19; PNG Government has given China a very strong support in which we are very grateful for. All these expression of friendship will be remembered deeply in our hearts.
“Apart from this, the Chinese Government will provide personal protection equipment including facial masks, protective clothing, goggles and temperature detectors as well as 2000 sets of testing kits,” he said.
However, he said because of the restrictions imposed by many countries, in terms of airlines refusing their flights, all these materials are still waiting to be delivered and are still in China.
“These are the first batch of PPE for PNG but we are still waiting for flights to allow these items to come into your country.
“We will also provide some testing kits but need a controlled temperature to transport these kits, however, we do not have direct flights with PNG, and this will be difficult.
“We will have to transfer these kits either through Singapore or Australia,” Xue said. He believed that by working together with the PNG Government, the goal of containing this disease would be achieved.
On behalf half of the Government and the people of PNG,Pruaitch acknowledged the Government and the people of China for the generous donation to the PNG Government.
“We have decided that this donation will be targeted to the PMGH in response and efforts in containing Covid-19.
“I am grateful that the Chinese Government has decided to make this contribution to PNG,” he said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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