By LULU MARK
MORE than K700,000 worth of medical equipment arrived in Port Moresby yesterday as part of a donation by Chinese business magnate Jack Ma through the Jack ma foundation.
More than 4000kg of medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) arrived on a Fiji Airways flight from Nadi in Fiji.
Ali Baba founder Jack Ma supports the United Nations sustainable development goals.
He is providing PNG, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, New Caledonia and French Polynesia with PPEs for frontline health workers.
The Humantarian Air Service (HAS) is part of the Pacific humanitarian pathway on Covid-19, an initiative launched under the Pacific Islands Forum driven by Dame Meg Taylor and funded by the Australian Government for AU$3 million (K7.4mil).
UN resident coordinator Gianluca Rampolla said the UN World Food programme was operating the air service.
It will allow Pacific island states to access humanitarian supplies and allow humanitarian and medical personnel to move around the Pacific island nations affected by the restriction of air travel.
Health Minister Jelta Wong thanked the Jack Ma Foundation for the donation.
“These are equipment and machinery we desperately need as our Covid-19 numbers are rising,” Wong said.
By LULU MARK