Yesterday Chinese embassy officially handed over Vt60 million worth of Coronavirus equipment and 12 million additional aid to the Government of Vanuatu, in an effort to restore Tropical Cyclone Harold and Coronavirus.
Prime Minister Bob Loughman, Health Minister, Foreign Minister, Officials from the Disaster Management Office, Members of the COVID19 task force all were present at the Prime Minister's office to witness the handover and presentation of the cheque.
China's Ambassador Shou Haicheng said, "China had provided nearly 130 million aid to Vanuatu for Tropical Cyclone Harold and Coronavirus and would provide more assistance in near future if needed."
China will not be absent from Tropical Cyclone Herald's reconstruction efforts in Vanuatu. The Chinese Embassy has provided solar lights, foods and boats as part of it's aid, Zhou said.
Mr Zhou said," China was more than ready to cooperate with the global community in solidarity to support Vanuatu's efforts in defeating COVID19 and post-disaster recovery."
He also added, China will stand firmly with the people of Vanuatu in the fight against TC Herald and COVID19.
In the response, PM Loughman thanked the Chinese government, Chinese Embassy for financial and technical support in ensuring the much needed equipment reach Port Vila.
Mr Loughman said, "I have to admit that Vanuatu is not ready to take an additional health challenge in this time."
Quality healthcare is what Vanuatu people need, but unfortunately they don't get it there because of several issues and affording them is probably the biggest challenge. But Chinese donation will address this gap. I want to call on health professionals, who will use these equipments and to be more careful when they are using it.