#COVID-19: Japan Donates Medical Equipment To Gabon

The Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JICA) has donated equipment worth 75,317,786 FCFA (about 150,000 US dollars) to the Gabonese Centre for Medical Research in Lambarene.

The medical equipment which was handed over to the medical research centre on Thursday, Feb. 3,  comprised eight types of products and 5000 sachets of chemicals for the disinfection of toxic waste as well as equipment for the personal protection of medical personnel.

Also included in the equipment are 1,800 medical masks, 3,000 non-reusable overalls, 11,000 meals, 2,500 pairs of shoe covers, 300 litres of ethanol, 250 QIAamp viral RNA mini kits for 6,500 samples, 1,250 extra-large ART filter refills for 3,225 samples.

JICA and the Japanese government reaffirmed their support to the Lambarene Medical Research Centre and the government of Gabon in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Japanese Agency for International Cooperation had earlier launched a project in the Lambarene Medical Research Centre for the establishment of a laboratory surveillance system for viral illnesses representing a public health problem accompanied by a training programme for Gabonese researchers.

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