Chinese Billionaire and Alibaba Co-found Jack Ma has announced that he will give the second batch of donations that will help African countries including Kenya during the fight of Covid-19.
Jack Ma said that the donations are underway and 54 countries in Africa are expected to benefit.
Jack Ma’s donations will include 500 ventilators, 200,000 suits and face shields, 2,000 thermometers, one million swabs, and extraction kits and 500,000 gloves.
Kenya confirmed that it received the first donations from the billionaire on March 24, 2020.
The first donation which arrived at the JKIA in an Ethiopian Airline from Addis Ababa included 100,000 masks, 20,000 test kits, and 1,000 protective gear.
The donations were received by Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya Meles Alem in the company of the Director of Public Health Patrick Amoth.
Kenya, through the President, appreciated the efforts put by Jack Ma in the fight against Coronavirus pandemic that has hit the whole world by storm.
In a statehouse address On March, 25, President Uhuru Kenyatta thanked Jack Ma and other people including organizations that have come in support during this critical period.
“We are grateful to the many friends of Kenya across the globe like Jack Ma who donated testing kits and other equipment to support us in this battle,” appreciated President Kenyatta.
Jack Ma now joins a long list of people and organizations that have helped Kenya and other countries during the Covid-19 crisis.
At the start of April, the World Bank-funded Kenya with 50 million dollars.
“This new fast track facility will assist Kenya in its efforts to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness,” said Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, World Bank Country Director for Kenya.
“COVID-19 threatens lives and livelihoods, and a rapid response is needed for food security, nutrition, and schooling.”
Hitherto, Kenya has 142 confirmed cases of the deadly Covid-19, where four people have died while four have recovered leaving the active cases at 134.