China offers medical supplies for Madagascar to fight plague

2017-10-13 01:45:20 GMT2017-10-13 09:45:20(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ANTANANARIVO, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday handed overa package of medical supplies to Madagascar for it to fight anepidemic of plague that has killed 57 people in the past threemonths.

Speaking at a ceremony held here, Chinese Ambassador toMadagascar Yang Xiaorong said the package of supplies worth 220,000U.S dollars is a gift from the Chinese government and the Chinesepeople to Madagascar's government and the Malagasy people.

Some of supplies in the package, such as medical equipment,antibiotics, clothing, masks and protective gloves, can be usedimmediately, said Yang.

Madagascar's Ministry of Public Health said Thursday that deathtoll from the plague reached 57 in Madagascar from Aug. 1 to Oct.12.

Yang promised that "the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese doctorsremain ready to work with the Madagascar's Ministry of PublicHealth and local teams to deal with this infectious disease,continue and expand medical and health cooperation in thefuture."

There are currently 30 Chinese doctors working with Malagasydoctors in four hospitals to treat patients suffering from theplague, she said.

Plague is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, a zoonoticbacteria usually found in small mammals and their fleas.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), from 2010 to2015, there were 3,248 cases reported worldwide, including 584deaths. Enditem