Friday 7 August, 2020

Local Chinese enterprises donate medical supplies in COVID fight

Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton examines surgical masks and other medical equipment donated by the Association of Chinese Enterprises in Jamaica. Looking on are (from left) Jing Sun of JISCO Alpart Jamaica, Andy Deng of Huawei Technologies Jamaica, Richard Xin of BYD Construction and Dangran Bi from China Harbour Engineering Company.

Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton examines surgical masks and other medical equipment donated by the Association of Chinese Enterprises in Jamaica. Looking on are (from left) Jing Sun of JISCO Alpart Jamaica, Andy Deng of Huawei Technologies Jamaica, Richard Xin of BYD Construction and Dangran Bi from China Harbour Engineering Company.

The Association of Chinese Enterprises in Jamaica (ACEJ) has joined dozens of local companies in supporting the country’s health and wellness ministry in its bid to contain and control the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

Specifically, by donating much-needed medical supplies to the nation’s healthcare workers.

The association is comprised of Chinese companies and enterprises engaged in the construction, production, sales, import\export trade, and other business activities.

“In times of crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, we all need to support each other and remain connected. After the first case of the virus was recorded in Jamaica, the association called a board meeting to discuss how to help Jamaica fight against this virus. A consensus was quickly reached to donate the critical medical supplies of highest priority, even though it was generally understood that logistically it would take a lot of time and effort to do so,” said Yafen Chen, the association’s operations officer.

The ACEJ recently handed over 20,000 surgical masks, 300 sets of protective suits, and 600 medical goggles to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

According to Chen, the ACEJ’s members are not only raising funds through the association but are also making contributions on their own.

“The company currently serving as the association’s Managing Director, Pan-Caribbean Sugar Company Limited, though suffering from financial constraints itself due to the pandemic has donated three metric tons of brown sugar to vulnerable and low-income communities through the Jamaica Red Cross,” Chen disclosed.

ACEJ’s Secretary General Company, China Sinopharm International Corporation also donated 4,000 surgical masks, 400 N95 masks and 100 sets of protective suits to The Ministry of Health and Wellness in May.

ACEJ’s Member Company, Henan Fifth Construction Group Jamaica Company Limited, which undertook the Ryan Park housing development project has purchased an additional 20,000 surgical masks, 5,000 pairs of medical gloves and 300 sets of protective suits to further support the Ministry of Health and Wellness which are currently in-transit to Jamaica.

In accepting the donation, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, said, “On behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, we express our gratitude to the ACEJ for its continued support of the health and wellness of the population. As we continue our fight against COVID-19, we welcome this partnership and donation of medical supplies, which will be utilised by our hard-working healthcare team.”

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