by Badejo Seun
Some level of respite is finally here for Nigeria as medical supplies donated to Africa from the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation to help fight Coronavirus will be arriving today.
These donations will be coming in, less than hours after the federal government reversed its decision to ban cargo flights from coming into the country. BusinessDay’s checks show that on 22nd March 2020, an Ethiopian Airlines cargo flight loaded with a large batch of medical supplies donated to Africa from the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation departed from Guangzhou, China and landed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The flight carried 5.4 million face masks, kits for 1.08 million detection tests, 40,000 sets of protective clothing and 60,000 sets of protective face shields.
The supplies will be transported on and distributed throughout the rest of the continent. The remaining shipments of medical supplies are expected to reach Addis Ababa and be distributed to more African nations over the next few weeks.