South Africa on Monday donated coronavirus protective equipment and PCR test kits to Zimbabwe through the Development Bank of South Africa.
The range of personal protective equipment and testing kits from the bank was received by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House.
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Some of the items donated were 6 000 PCR test kits, 100 000 surgical masks, 18 000 face shields, 200 000 pairs of examination gloves, 50 000 surgical gowns, 4 000 medical suites and 11 000 goggles.
Speaking during the handover of the equipment by South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mphakama Mbete, President Mnangagwa said:
We feel extremely happy that our brothers across Limpopo, despite severe attacks in your country found it befitting to assist us to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
Ambassador Mbete said COVID-19 had become a global pandemic adding that it was therefore important that South Africa and Zimbabwe took measures to protect themselves. He said:
This has left many countries reeling from the magnitude of this devastation and it is important that we protect ourselves against this pandemic.
South Africa is the epicentre of the disease in this continent and is employing all resources available to stem the disease and preserve life.
South Africa has recorded more coronavirus infections than any other country on the African continent.
With over 374 000 cases and 5 173 deaths, the country its the fifth most-affected in the entire world.