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Sun, 31 May 2020 13:09 - Updated Sun, 31 May 2020 13:12

Covid-19: More bio-safety equipment for Angola

Luanda - Two hundred and thirty five thousand tonnes of bio-safety hospital equipment, out of the three hundred and eighty purchased by the Angolan Government in China, is already in the country with the arrival of a new shipment last Friday.

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4 de Fevereiro Airport: Leonardo Inocêncio, secretary of State for Hospitals.

Photo: Moisés da Silva

Covid-19: More bio-safety equipment for Angola arrives at the 4 de Fevereiro airport

Photo: Moisés da Silva

Since the 28th of March, Angola began to receive the first means, also of prevention, through the Ethiopian Airlines, which made the only until now and first shipment to the country, leaving the mission to the national airline TAAG.

After that, since April 12, the Angolan air operator took over the transport of the remaining quantities, having already carried out seven flights to date, totalling 235 tonnes, an average of 25 tonnes per operation China / Luanda.

Another batch of 30 tonnes was delivered, consisting of 150 beds for intensive care, more than 500 thousand N95 and surgical masks, thousands of gloves and gowns, among other essential material for the prevention and combat on the pandemic.

On receipt of the equipment, at the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, in Luanda, the secretary of State for Hospitals, Leonardo Inocêncio, said that the material will continue to arrive in the country with the same speed until the reception of 380 tonnes.

“We just received the seventh TAAG flight, coming from China, with 30 tonnes of bio-safety material, acquired by the Executive, and others will follow in the coming days, with beds, fans, lab material and similar”, he stressed.

According to the official, this material reinforces the stock at the country level, and, as they arrive, the distribution of the same among the 18 provinces is taking place, with normality, giving priority to border areas, as they represent a greater risk of contamination cases.

“We seek in the first instance to supply the provinces which border other countries, as they present a greater risk of contamination from the covid-19. And, in the event of the appearance of positive cases, professionals are able to give treatment locally”, he explained.

In this regard, he cited as an example the provinces of Cabinda, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul and Moxico (already supplied), adding that supplies to Cuanza Norte Province are on their way, in a continuous and comprehensive process, by land and air transport.

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