COVID-19: Huawei donates surgical masks, screening test kits and video conferencing
26/03/2020 16:07, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Chinese ICT Company Huawei is donating 10,000 test kits, 100,000 surgical masks and several video conferencing systems for Tunisia.

Huawei's executives, namely Philippe Wang, Huawei's Executive Vice-President for the North Africa, as well as Spark Zhang, Huawei Managing Director Tunisia and Adnane Ben Halima, Huawei Tunisia's deputy managing director, met on Wednesday at the government headquarters in the Kasbah, with Secretary-General of the Government Khalil Chtourou, confirmed the Chinese telecommunications giant' commitment to the fight against coronavirus in Tunisia, through implementing several technological health projects, said a press release issued Thursday.

"It is a great assistance from our friends in Huawei to donate 10,000 COVID-19 test kits and 100,000 surgical masks.

This will help us to accelerate the number of tests per day and to fight against this virus with more medical equipment," said the government secretary general.

He expressed the Tunisian government's gratitude for Huawei's commitment to Tunisia and its efforts to activate the delivery of equipment ordered from China.

Huawei Managing Director Tunisia Spark Zhang said: "we are working with the Ministry of Health to cope with the rising number of patients.

"The objective is to facilitate the import of rapid screening kits and masks, which will be provided soon," he added.

Ben Halima, for his part, assured that: "we are negotiating with our Chinese friends the possibility of providing other techniques that are more efficient in terms of time and technology for a faster treatment of the infection.»

Huawei representatives went to the Ministry of Health for a meeting with Minister Abdellatif Mekki and his chief of staff Mounir Romdhani.

The Minister of Health thanked Huawei for its valuable and unique support to Tunisia in its fight against COVID-19.

"I am impressed by the video conferencing system installed at the Ministry of Health last week. It has allowed us to stay in touch with the various stakeholders in the crisis in all governorates in full safety,» he said.

For his part, Philippe Wang said: "As a player at the forefront of technology, Huawei is making available to Tunisia all its resources to help it make prevention and also COVID-19 treatment more effective.

Mekki, for his part, praised the major effort being made by the Chinese technology giant to help Tunisia in these difficult times.

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