Jack Ma

China’s richest man sends medical supplies to Cameroon

Anadolu Agency | We cannot ignore the risk to Africa from a coronavirus pandemic, say foundations owned by Jack Ma

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has donated medical supplies to Cameroon as part of efforts to help Africa combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, Cameroon Radio Television said Thursday.

The supplies arrived today at Cameroon’s Yaounde Nsimalen Airport, it said.

Earlier this month, the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation — both owned by Ma — announced they would donate 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical-use protective suits and face shields to all 54 African nations.

They said in a statement that the move was taken to “combat the potential surging demand for medical supplies and equipment in Africa.”

“We cannot ignore the potential risk to Africa and assume this continent of 1.3 billion people will blissfully escape the crisis. The world cannot afford the unthinkable consequences of a COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

“Now it is as if we were all living in the same forest on fire. As members of the global community, it would be irresponsible of us to sit on the fence, panic, ignore facts or fail to act. We need to take action now!” it added.

Ma is regarded as China’s richest man, with a net worth of $38 billion, according to the Business Insider website.

The death toll in Africa from COVID-19 had risen to 72 as of early Thursday, according to the African Center for Diseases Prevention and Control (CDC).

After first appearing in Wuhan, China in December, the virus has spread to at least 175 countries and regions, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

More than 526,000 cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll exceeding 23,700 and more than 122,000 recoveries.

Despite the rising number of cases, most people who contract the virus suffer only mild symptoms before making a recovery.

*Felix Tih contributed to this story from Ankara

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5 comments

  1. Why? What does he want? I hope those things are not already polluted Trojan horses.

    • Good question. And how does he, from far away China, know our needs before our own millionaires?

      • Camerbeleiver (Colby )

        I Was expecting you to disclose your contibuton
        “Critique aisée l’art difficile”.

  2. Useless beti bulu President his tribute , and his Franco and Anglo friends for 40 years dis animals call Paul biya never constructed any medical facilities of international standards to deal with a pandemic of any kind , himself and governments official always flight abroad for medical care since all countries has shut their doors to foreigners like him I wonder his next move to run away if the virus come to his temporary hiding place in Cameroon, my prayers goes to the common man on the street without any help from the government to protect themselves, I hope those thiefs in Yaounde will use dis gift from Jack ma foundation distribute it to the masses in need and not among themselves

  3. Any gift from China is suspect. This is a crisis China cooked to plunge the world into a mess so thst China can play this saviour role, thereby boadting its global influence.
    Spain, Holland, Czech have reject and recalled all such health materials from China. Why should stupid Africa be receiving tainted and lowest standard health kits?

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