Press release on Russia’s anti-infection aid for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
On May 11, at the request of President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), the Russian Federation provided material support for the DR Congo’s efforts to counter the Ebola virus. The first shipment of materials and technical support from the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) was delivered to Kinshasa. The Russian Embassy helped provide the Congolese Healthcare Ministry with over 28,000 items of laboratory consumables and over 8,000 units of personal protective equipment, including respirators, protective clothing, reusable face masks with filtres, gloves and other medical gear. This assistance was symbolically transferred at a special ceremony. The event was widely covered by the Congolese media, which noted that this friendly gesture was timely and very important to the DR Congo, where COVID-19, Ebola, cholera and measles have broken out at the same time.
Two mobile microbiological rapid-test laboratories are expected to arrive at the port of Matadi before the end of the month under an agreement signed by Rospotrebnadzor and the Congolese Healthcare Ministry on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit held in Sochi in October 2019. Congolese specialists will be trained to work with the equipment. This equipment is very important to the DR Congo considering its multitask capabilites and application in the battle against the novel coronavirus infection.