ALGIERS- Algerian Red Crescent received more than 250,000 masks from the Chinese Red Cross, as part of the solidarity between the Algerian and Chinese peoples in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On this occasion, the head of the Algerian Red Crescent, Saida Benhabyles, explained that the history of human solidarity between the Algerian and Chinese peoples is “ancient” and extends for many years, noting that the “gift of solidarity that the Algerian Red Crescent received from the Chinese Red Cross through the Chinese embassy in Algeria that represents 253,000 masks, is a continuation of the joint solidarity work between the Algerian and Chinese peoples, which doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic.
She also appreciated the Chinese Red Cross’s support for the capabilities of the Algerian Red Crescent, especially during the pandemic, through several solidarity operations and grants, becoming an “important partner” in the humanitarian work it was carrying out, noting the step taken by the Cross and the Chinese Traders Association in Algeria at the beginning of the pandemic, which was represented In donating masks, medical supplies and respirators to the Algerian Red Crescent, which in turn distributed them according to priorities during that period.
Regarding the beneficiaries of this donation, Ms. Benhabyles indicated that the Algerian Red Crescent “relies on a strategy to distribute aid by focusing on the needy and vulnerable groups in the shadow areas, as well as migrants and the homeless,” explaining that “the distribution of masks or sterilization materials is accompanied by the distribution of food aid, because a healthy body helps fighting the virus.
For his part, the representative of the Chinese embassy in Algeria, affirmed that “Algeria was one of the first countries that supported China at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is our duty today to provide assistance to it,” noting that “the friendship and partnership between the two countries made Beijing give priority to Algeria with regard to the transfer of expertise and the necessary equipment, as well as the vaccine against the Coronavirus.”
On the same occasion, he praised “the ability of the Algerian authorities to control the epidemiological situation by taking proactive preventive measures,” stressing “the necessity of taking precautions, caution and wearing a protective mask in light of the ongoing pandemic and the emergence of new strains of the virus.”
Regarding this gift of solidarity, the representative of the Chinese embassy stressed that it “ is part of the scheme of cooperation and partnership between the Chinese Red Cross and the Algerian Red Crescent,” noting that the Chinese embassy also urges Chinese citizens in Algeria to participate in the solidarity work in Algeria.