On March 18, the Chinese Ambassador to Namibia had an official hand-over of reportedly a thousand COVID-19 test kits donations with Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula. Kalumbi Shangula is a Namibian doctor and politician of SWAPO Party who has been Minister of Health and Social Services since December 2018.
On March 19, the US Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson had an official hand-over of donations with Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social Services Executive Director Ben T. Nangombe, the number #3 ranking official at the Ministry of Health. The USG donated three ambulances, hospital beds, and other medical supplies per U.S. Embassy Namibia.
I commend Ambassador Johnson, the team at @USEmbNamibia, and our @DeptofDefense colleagues for their efforts to assist #Namibia during the #coronavirus outbreak. These donations are essential as the country treats affected patients and will be critical in saving lives. https://t.co/roQ6k8YfiE
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 26, 2020
2/2 The equipment will be used to support isolation units & other COVID-19 response needs. The 🇺🇸 has committed more than $100 billion over the last 20 years to support public health on the African continent – by far the largest contribution by any donor nation. #PartnersInHealth pic.twitter.com/dda0Sd2Wxf
— U.S. Embassy Namibia (@USEmbNamibia) March 19, 2020
The donation, handed over by China’s ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming. Health minister Kalumbi Shangula thanked the ambassador on behalf of Namibia for China’s show of solidarity. Video: Ndanki Kahiurika pic.twitter.com/IKn7RInc61
— The Namibian (@TheNamibian) March 18, 2020
I handed over 1,000 quick-testing kits for COVID-19 to the Minister of Health, which are donated by Chinese Embassy and Best Novo high-tech company in China. I hope this donation will help strengthen capacity building for Namibia to contain the COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/S3iTgQlnxl
— Zhang Yiming (@Amb_Yiming) March 18, 2020