The consignment of medical items donated by Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, has arrived Nigeria, Premium Times reports.
Coronavirus: Jack Ma’s donates medical multi-million items to Nigeria
By our correspondent
The Chinese billionaire had used his foundation to forward millions of face masks, testing kits and other protective equipment to Africa as the continent battles to curtail the spread of COVID-19, a deadly disease caused by coronavirus.
A cargo operated by Ethiopian Airlines, which has been in charge of distribution of the material on the continent, arrived Lagos yesterday at about 3:20 p.m. with Nigeria’s share of the consignment, Business Day reported from the commercial capital.
“We appreciate the donation of the Jack Ma Foundation and the generosity of Jack Ma. We admire Abiy Ahmed, our Prime Minister, for his initiative and organization of the entire coordination of the process,” the newspaper cited Firihiewot Mekonnen, general manager of Ethiopian Airlines Nigeria, as saying in an email Tuesday afternoon.
The items are part of about five million face masks, 1.8 million testing kits, 60,000 protective gears and other critical materials that arrived in Addis Ababa on Monday.
Mr Ahmed has been coordinating their speedy distribution across the continent.