Chinese Gov’t once again contributes to COVID-19 fight

− 4th donation made since COVID-19 identified in Guyana

DPI, Guyana, Friday, August 14, 2020

Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency, Cui Jianchun, on Friday, handed over a number of supplies to the Ministry of Health to further efforts in protecting persons against COVID-19 in Guyana.

The items handed over were 350 large Personal Protective coveralls, 900 googles, four RESmart BPAP machines (used for enhancing breathing capacity of the lungs) and 5520 KN95 masks.

The Chinese Ambassador expressed his satisfaction to have been given the opportunity present the donation – the fourth of its kind to Guyana; and committed to continued support from China for as long as is needed.

“I want to let the Guyanese people know that whatever happens, whatever changes, the Chinese People and the Chinese Government are committed to supporting the Guyanese people and the Guyanese government. We are committed to working towards the better life of the two peoples of two countries,” the Ambassador said.

China is the first country to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Guyana with an initial donation made in March.

“I have spoken with the President, His Excellency, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, and we will be working harder. I just had discussions with the Minister on how we can work together because we have to win this fight,” Ambassador Cui Jianchun added.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony, acknowledged China’s stalwart efforts to ensure Guyana effectively battles against the disease.

“You are one of the very first governments who responded to COVID-19 here in Guyana by providing us at the time very scarce supplies of PPE when there was a global shortage. You were somehow able to find PPE to assist our efforts here in Guyana in combatting the disease.”

The supplies will go directly towards ensuring frontline workers are protected.

Permanent Secretary of the Health Ministry, Colette Adams noted: “We are fighting COVID and we are all in it together and this contribution will enhance our needs and it will help us to fight COVID.”

Ms. Adams also indicated that with the Ministry recently intensifying its efforts more donations like this will be crucial.

“I am happy that the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony, has come with his wealth of experience to help us put together systems that are lacking if there is need to improve what is already there so that we can all work together in unison to fight the deadly disease.”