The Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia has dispatched COVID-19 testing kits, masks and medical-use protective suits from Jack Ma Foundation.
Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Emmanuel Mwamba tells Byta FM News that Zambia has received 20, 000 Coronavirus testing kits, 100, 000 Masks and 1, 000 protective suits and shields.
This is part of the consignment received for Africa on Sunday, including 1.1 million testing kits, 6 million masks and 60 Thousand protective suits.
He reveals the first batch of the coronavirus support consignment for African Union member states including Zambia, arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday 22nd March 2020.
Mwamba, who is also Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the African Union, the allocated lot for Zambia has since been dispatched to Zambia through Ethiopian Airlines.
He has since thanked the Alibaba group and the Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed for the donation and coordination of this consignment for Africa.
The Zambian consignment is arriving in Lusaka this afternoon on 24th March, 2020 aboard Ethiopian Airlines.
Meanwhile, Mwamba has reiterated that Zambian travelers visiting or transiting through Ethiopia should acquaint themselves with that government’s guidelines.
He says all passengers coming to Ethiopia will be quarantined, at approved and designated hotels, for a period of 14 days at their own expense, except for those in transit.
Mwamba adds that the Ethiopian Government has informed member states that the new requirements have been put in place in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Ethiopia has so far recorded 9 COVID Cases and Ethiopian Airlines has suspended flights to over 30 destinations.