First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo (R) receiving PPE from Chinese Embassy in Ghana

The Chinese Embassy has handed over 66,000 nose masks and 240 thermometer guns from the First Lady of China, Professor Peng Liyuan, to Ghana’s Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo.

The donation is part of an initiative to support Africa’s first ladies to the fight the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among mothers, children and the youth.

The Charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy to Ghana, Zhu Jing, who presented the items on behalf of China’s First Lady, recalled the long-standing warm relations between Ghana and China and commended Mrs. Akufo- Addo for supporting Wuhan Province in the early stages of the pandemic in China.

Presenting the items, Mr Zhu Jing described year 2020 as the most difficult in the history of mankind.

He said the pandemic had revealed the vulnerability of countries and the need to look out for each other.

Mr Zhu Jing said the purpose of the donation was therefore, to strengthen the peaceful coexistence that exist between China and Ghana especially in these difficult moments.

“I bring you greetings from the First lady of China, H.E Peng Liyuan. I am glad to do this wonderful donation and I know this donation will help build a strong relationship between the two countries.

“This year has been a year when we realized how dependent and connected our world is,” he said.

Mrs Akufo-Addo, on her part, expressed profound gratitude to the First Lady of China, government and people of the People’s Republic of China for the donation “in this critical times.”

She said the donation was another proof of the warm relationship between Ghana and China.

“It is heart-warming that, in the midst of this pandemic, Ghana and China have supported one another.  H. E Peng Liyuan has cooperated with us in the fight to eradicate HIV- AIDS on the continent,” she said, adding that it was not the first time that the Chinese First Lady was supporting African First Ladies.

Thermometre guns are part of items donated by Chinese Embassy to Ghana’s First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo

Mrs Akufo- Addo said First ladies of the day were at the forefront of bringing development and positive social change to her people.

“We are all committed to ensuring better lives especially for our women and children. We will continue to pursue programmes that benefit our women and children. We will continue to cooperate to share ideas and resources with a common understanding that it is in the interest of humanity.”

 She entreated everyone to observe the COVID-19 prevention protocols since the virus was no respecter of persons.

“This virus is no respecter of persons, nations or continents. It affects the high and mighty as well as the weak and lowly. It is an equal opportunity offender. Only our collective effort can beat it,” she added.

Mrs Akufo-Addo called on countries to continue to work together and engage each other to defeat COVID-19.