Oromia State Receives Medical Supplies

Oct 24 , 2020

Local governments in China, along with Chinese companies that have invested in Oromia Regional State, have supplied the Regional State with medical supplies to support the ongoing fight against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The donations include 350,000 face masks, 4,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, and 20 ventilators. Jiangsu Province, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, together with the China Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia (CCCE) handed over the donation to the Deputy Administrator of the Regional State, Shimelis Abdissa, and the head of the Oromia Health Bureau, Mengistu Bekele (MD), during a ceremony at the end of last week. Oromia Regional State has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, following Addis Abeba.


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