The Ministry of Health has acquired a batch of medical equipment to aid the response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from international and local donors. Personal protective equipment (PPE), IR thermometers and hand sanitiser were provided by Engender Health, a nonprofit organisation based in Washington, DC, active in women's health, as well as sexual and reproductive health. The donation is worth 15.5 million Br. An additional 100,000 testing kits were also presented by ByteDance, a Chinese social media company that owns TikTok. The handover ceremony was attended by the ambassador of China to Ethiopia, Tan Jian. The Ministry also received 1.1 million Br worth of PPE, IR thermometers and hand sanitiser from Direct AID Society, a voluntary non-governmental organisation working on development projects. The Lions Club International Foundation, for its part, donated half a million Birr worth of isolation gowns.
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