Handing over the facilities to the Dar es Salaam regional office, last week, Chinese ambassador to Tanzania Wang Ke said the donation was part of her government efforts in the fight against Covid-19.
She said the ceremony was co- organised by the Chinese embassy in Tanzania and the Suleiman Kova Security and Disaster Management Foundation (Sukos).
Some of the items donated are 100 sets of hand washing facilities and 550 liters of liquid hand soaps that will be distributed to 100 public schools to enhance the fight against the corona virus.
Ke said the donation was concrete action aimed at supporting the decision made by President John Magufuli, to reopen all primary and secondary school on 29 June.
“This is also aimed at supporting the instruction given by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on the precautionary measures that school should take after reopening, including provision of hand washing facilities in the schools,” she said.
The envoy said further that the donation also manifests the care for the health of the teachers and students in the primary and secondary schools of Dar es Salaam region.
“Under the leadership of President John Magufuli, the government has formulated its policy suited to its own national conditions, and taken full account of three aspects, namely-epidemic control, economic development and protection of people’s livelihoods,” she said.
“We are glad to learn the number of Covid-19 patients in Tanzania hospitals has declined, the epidemic situation is improving and the economic and social order is returning to the normal,” she added.
According to her, Tanzania was taking a lead in Africa to reopen schools, resume of international flights and restart tourism. The envoy said her government will continue to do whatever it can to support Africa’s response to the pandemic.
Regional education officer, Boniface Wilson said as for the secondary schools the items will be distributed as follows; Ilala (12) ,Temeke (9)Kinondoni (9), Ubungo (9) and Kigamboni ( 6) while in for primary schools, Ilala will receive (11) Temeke (16) Kinondoni (12) and Ubungo (6)
“The items will be distributed in districts depending on the demand available including the number of schools,” she said.
Rashid Mkami, regional medical officer (RMO) said exchanging and sharing of information relating to health issues had to great extent contributed to decline of the pandemic.
He said despite success achieved, health sectors still face some challenges including ambulance, improving referral systems and medical systems calling for other stakeholders to join hands to support efforts of the government to fighting against the pandemic..
Dar es Salaam Acting Regional Administrative Secretary Lawrence Malangwa lauded the Chinese envoy for acknowledging the work done by the government to combat the virus.
“Since the outbreak of Covid-19, China had provided ant-epidemic supplies to Tanzania. I would like to thank the government of China for its efforts to push forward efforts of fighting against the disease,” he said.
Suleiman Kova, Sukos founder and executive director said his foundation said will continue collaborating with embassy and other stakeholders in the fight against the pandemic.
He called on teachers in primary and secondary schools across Dar es Salaam region to provide training and inculcate a culture of hand washing to the children.