Shanghai City donates to health | 09 October 2020
The department of health has received further donations of medical supplies to help reinforce its capacity to contain the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the country.
The latest donation comes from the City of Shanghai with the collaboration of the office of the Mayor of Victoria.
The handover of the donation took place yesterday afternoon at the Sheikh Khalifa diagnostic centre in the presence of the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Guo Wei; Mayor of Victoria David Andre; secretary of state for Health, Marie Pierre Lloyd; and chief executive of the Health Care Agency Dr Danny Louange.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Guo said it was a great honour for her to present the medical supplies on behalf of the city of Shanghai to the government of Seychelles in this time of difficulties that we are facing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The medical consignment consists of top priority medical and laboratory supplies.
She noted that both cities has had a great partnership and friendship throughout the years and her wish is that this donation will help win the fight against the virus so that we may resume our normal life and continued friendship.
Accepting the donation Mayor Andre said that this is a beautiful gesture that is much appreciated by the city and hospital.
“In the past few months we have received many donations from China to help minimise the spread of Covid-19 and now today we have 30,000 face masks and 18,000 gloves that will be used by the department of health and shared with the Red Cross Society of Seychelles,” he said.
He added that in the future if Victoria can assist Shanghai or any other cities it will do so with pleasure.
“It’s always a pleasure to receive a donation of this calibre,” said Dr Louange.
He added that the donation is important as we are in a public health crisis and it will help staff and break the chain of transmission of Covid.
During the ceremony a portion of the masks and gloves were also given to the Red Cross Society of Seychelles.
Expressing her appreciation for the donation on behalf of the society, its secretary general Marie-May Esparon said it will be used by the Red Cross in the activities that it conducts.
“This donation comes at a perfect time as a good portion of our masks were used while assisting the fire department during the landfill fire a few weeks ago. We also appreciate the support that we get and we will continue to make sure that the people of Seychelles are safe against Covid-19,” she said.