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All Hands on Deck: Working Together to Beat Covid-19
Chargé d'Affaires of Eswatini in South Africa Vulindlela S. Kunene received the masks from Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Hoang Van Loi. Photo: VNA

The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa held a ceremony on July 29 to present 50,000 medical masks to representatives from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Eswatini in the country to help its residents fight Covid-19, VNA reported Friday.

The activity was part of a programme to hand over one million masks donated by the Vietnamese community and representative agencies in South Africa in support of the host residents and several adjacent countries in southern Africa in particular.

Chargé d'Affaires of Eswatini in South Africa Vulindlela S. Kunene thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for the gift amid the wide spread of the pandemic. He added that his country with over 1.1 million people has recorded nearly 23,800 cases.

Vietnamese Ambassador Hoang Van Loi said masks will be also offered to several schools, localities and communities in South Africa.

According to him, the Vietnamese embassy raised donations from the Vietnamese community and representative agencies to support the national prevention and control fund at home.

Both sides also discussed cooperation opportunities between Vietnam and Eswatini.

All Hands on Deck: Working Together to Beat Covid-19
Face masks from Vietnam for Pro Arte Alphen Park high school. Photo: VNA

Also as a part of the programme to hand over masks to schools in South Africa, the Vietnamese embassy on the same day held a ceremony to present 30,000 masks to Waterkloof primary school and 25,000 masks to Pro Arte Alphen Park high school, where many children of the Vietnamese community are studying.

On the same day, the Vietnamese Consulate General in Preah Sihanouk and the Khmer-Vietnam Association in the province presented gifts to 150 Vietnamese Cambodian households and 20 Cambodian ones that are living in difficulties amidst the complex developments of the pandemic here.

The gifts came from the community support fund raised by the Vietnamese Consulate General.

Sharing with the Consulate General, Vietnamese Cambodians said that they have received much attention from local authorities, and been vaccinated against Covid-19 for free.

They also took this opportunity to thank the attention and support of the Vietnamese Party, State, Consulate General and donors, affirming that they will make efforts to overcome difficulties.

All Hands on Deck: Working Together to Beat Covid-19
Gifts granted to Vietnamese Cambodian households and Cambodian households in Preah Sihanouk. Photo: VNA
All Hands on Deck: Working Together to Beat Covid-19
Photo: VNA

Meanwhile, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on July 30 announced that it will present some medical devices for Covid treatment worth about JPY 120 million (USD 1.1 million) to Ho Chi Minh City, the current biggest hotspot in Vietnam.

The aid, granted per request of the HCM City-based Cho Ray hospital, is in the framework of the agency's activities to support Vietnam in controlling Covid-19 pandemic.

This is the second medical device aid package for Cho Ray hospital after the first one in July 2020.

The medical devices include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines and ventilators, among others. They will be sent to a newly-established COVID-19 resuscitation centre at the city’s Oncology Hospital 2. Testing equipment also will be presented to Cho Ray hospital.

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