China delivers new batch of medical aid to Kurdistan Region
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – In a press conference on Monday, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Health Minister Saman Barzinji and Chinese Consul General to Erbil Ni Ruchi announced a new batch of medical aid delivered by the Chinese government to facilitate the fight against COVID-19 in the Kurdistan Region.
The new batch comes as part of the Chinese government’s series of delivering medical aid to both Iraq and Kurdistan Region in their fight to curb COVID-19.
“The batch contains seven types of medical aid, 1,008 COVID-19 test kits, a number of medical personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gowns, gloves, goggles, face masks, and shoe covers,” the health minister revealed.
“I highly appreciate the Chinese people, government, and His Excellency Consul General,” for the contributions they have made to date to the Kurdistan Region in its fight to mitigate the risks of the pandemic.
“The Kurdistan Region is one of the successful examples for containing COVID-19 in the world,” Barzinji mentioned. He also stressed that “it is yet early to declare final victory over COVID-19 in Kurdistan,” saying complete assurance is needed to consider Kurdistan immune from the virus.
“It fully shows the historical and good relationship between the two sides [China and Kurdistan Region],” the Consul General told reporters. He added that he is “very proud” of the friendship between China and the KRG, describing Kurds and Chinese as “true friends.”
The health minister also recalled that since the outbreak, the Chinese government has provided the Kurdistan Region with medical experts, vital information on COVID-19, and three batches of medical aid consisting of PPE and COVID-19 test kits to facilitate the fight against the disease.
According to data available on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) website, the number of infected persons since the outbreak stands at 337, recoveries 270, and four patients have succumbed to the virus. The Health Ministry has thrice reported no new cases within a 24-hour time frame this week.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany