Vietnamese Community in South Africa donates 1 million Face Masks to African Countries

In late July, the Vietnamese community and agencies in South Africa strived to implement the program to give 1 million facemasks to people from South Africa and neighboring countries, hoping to join efforts with African peoples to curb Covid-19.
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The face masks donated by the Vietnamese community in South Africa are to be given to some schools, localities and communities in South Africa. As the Ambassador of Vietnam to South Africa cum Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini, Hoang Van Loi also contacted the representatives of the other African countries to share the gift from Vietnam.

At the ceremony to handover 50,000 medical facemasks to the representative of the Embassy of Eswatini in South Africa to support the African country combat Covid-19, the Vietnamese Ambassador said the facemasks were a gift from the Vietnamese community in South Africa who hoped to support other peoples in the spirit of solidarity based on the people of Vietnam’s “the leaves protect tattered ones” tradition.

Vietnamese Community in South Africa donates 1 million Face Masks to African Countries
Ambassador Hoang Van Loi handed over 50,000 medical facemasks to the chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Eswatini in South Africa. Photo: Vietnam Times

Ambassador Loi also shared with Eswatini about the measures that the Government of Vietnam had been applying to prevent Covid from spreading and inquired about the Covid situation in Eswatini.

The chargé d’affaires of Eswatini in South Africa Vulindlela S. Kunene said his kingdom was in serious need of medical facemasks to project medical experts and frontline staff in the fight against SARS-CoV-2. Currently, the country with just over 1.1 million people has about 23,800 positive cases.

Vietnamese Community in South Africa donates 1 million Face Masks to African Countries
Ambassador Hoang Van Loi gave the token of the 30,000 facemasks to representatives of Waterkloof Primary School in Pretoria. Photo: Vietnam Times

The Embassy of Vietnam also gave away roughly 100,000 facemasks to schools in Gauteng, an area heavily affected by the third Covid-10 outbreak in South Africa. Representatives of the school’s management board and students appreciated the prompt and meaningful support of the Vietnamese community in South Africa. Recently, local schools have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and intensifying riots.

Vietnamese Community in South Africa donates 1 million Face Masks to African Countries
Ambassador Hoang Van Loi donated 30,000 facemasks to Pretoria Boys High School. Photo: Vietnam Times

At the facemask handover ceremony, Ambassador Loi highlighted the importance of wearing facemasks and disinfecting regularly in ensuring safety for students during the pandemic, especially when schools in South Africa just reopened after a short break. The Ambassador said that while young students are not easily affected by Covid, they can transmit the SAR-CoV-2 virus to adults.

When South Africa relaxes lockdown orders and allows traveling between provinces, the Embassy of Vietnam will continue to give away facemasks – an effective shield preventing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus – to other schools and communities, including Kimberly city and Eastern Cape province.

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