Vietnamese people to assist Namibia and Botswana in COVID-19 combat

Update: 18:55 | 14/08/2021
The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa presented 100,000 face masks to the representative missions of Namibia and Botswana in Pretoria on August 13 to help people in the latter countries cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Đại sứ Hoàng Văn Lợi (phải) trao 50.000 khẩu trang cho Đại sứ Namibia tại Nam Phi Veiccoh K. Nghiwete. (Nguồnn: TTXVN)
Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Hoang Van Loi (R) presents face masks donated by Vietnamese people to Namibian Ambassador Veiccoh K. Nghiwete on August 13 (Photo: VNA)

Talking to the ambassador of Namibia and the chargé d’affaires of Botswana, Vietnamese Ambassador Hoang Van Loi said the face masks were donated by Vietnamese people in South Africa to help people in the countries that his embassy is in charge of to fight COVID-19.

Mentioning the pandemic situation in Viet Nam, he said the Government views the COVID-19 combat as the most urgent task at present, and that Viet Nam always gives the top priority to people’s health and lives.

He also shared Viet Nam’s experiences in pandemic prevention and control and discussed the countries’ cooperation chances with the other diplomats.

Namibian Ambassador to South Africa Veiccoh K. Nghiwete appreciated the support, described it as a demonstration of the friendship, fraternity, and solidarity between the peoples of Viet Nam and his country.

Đại sứ Hoàng Văn Lợi trao 50.000 khẩu trang cho Đại biện lâm thời Botswana tại Nam Phi Gaogane Tiny Mothobi trước sự chứng kiến của đại diện Đại sứ quán hai nước. (Nguồn: TTXVN)
Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Hoang Van Loi (L) presents face masks to Chargé d’Affaires of Botswana Tiny Mothobi on August 13 (Photo: VNA)

For her part, Chargé d’Affaires of Botswana Tiny Mothobi also expressed thanks to the Vietnamese people, noting that the face masks will be sent to her homeland as soon as possible.

As of August 13, Botswana with a population of over 2.4 million recorded 136,758 cases of COVID-19, including 1,973 deaths. With nearly 2.6 million people, Namibia saw 122,097 infections, 3,262 of whom succumbed to the disease, data show.

Earlier, the Vietnamese embassy in South Africa also presented face masks to the representative agency of Eswatini and contacted those of Lesotho and Zimbabwe in order to give them with 50,000 masks each.

The embassy has also sent delegations to hand over face masks to schools in Pretoria, and plans to continue the mask presentation programme in other localities like Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces as suggested by the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

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(Source: VNA)