Feature: China is a trusted friend to Malawi as COVID-19 continues

Source:Xinhua 2020-05-20

  BLANTYRE, Malawi, May 20 (Xinhua) -- It is a well-known fact that a friend in need is a friend indeed. For China and Malawi, the saying sounds more vibrant during this troubling time of COVID-19 pandemic. The two countries have continually expressed their sound bilateral relationship in a number of ways as the pandemic continues.

  Since the onset of the outbreak, the Chinese government and partners have been making significant contributions in helping Malawi towards the fight against COVID-19.

  As part of its contribution towards the fight against the virus, on April 24, China through its embassy in Malawi donated a large quantity of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Malawi's major hospitals.

  The donation saw a number of major hospitals in the country getting a relief from the shortage of PPEs in its health facilities across the country.

  In March, China also donated assorted medical supplies to Malawi to enhance the prevention of the pandemic.

  During an event in Lilongwe, the Chinese ambassador to Malawi Liu Hongyang emphasised that China is in full support of the measures that the government of Malawi had put in place in efforts to prevent the virus.

  Chinese billionaire Jack Ma also donated a good number of medical supplies to Malawi. The supplies were delivered at the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe from Addis Ababa by an Ethiopian plane.

  China has been the major player in trying to help Africa and Malawi in particular as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in most African states. Perhaps, more countries and other organizations need to join China in the fight.

  As Malawi's Minister of Disaster Management Affairs and Public Events, Everton Chimulirenji puts it, the Chinese donation to Malawi is always timely and of great importance.

  It's hoped that the relation between Malawi and China will continue to rise for the longest time in terms of helping each other especially in times like these. Enditem

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