Chinese donate protective gear

Ljubljana, 14 April - Slovenia saw a number of protective gear donations by Chinese organisations and cities on Tuesday meant to boost the country's commodity reserves and ramp up the protection of critical services, including police officers and healthcare workers.

Police during the coronavirus epidemic.
Photo: Maribor Police Department
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The association of the Chinese living in Slovenia donated protective equipment to the trade unions of services essential in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.

It has provided 40,000 face masks, 700 hazmat suits and 120 thermometers for the trade unions joined under the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KSJS) umbrella organisation.

The Police Trade Union of Slovenia (PSS) said today it had received 10,000 kits, so it would equip its members with 20,000 masks meant for personal use in the coming days.

The donation is a result of "excellent cooperation" between the trade union and the Chinese association, the PSS added.

The union has single-handedly purchased an additional 10,000 face shields, however the gear has not yet arrived in Slovenia.

Apart from the police trade union, the supplies were also donated to the health and social security workers' as well as the nurses' trade unions.

The donation was handed over by Chinese Ambassador to Slovenia Wang Shunqing and Ji Rongqiang-Chang, the association's head, who had initiated the campaign, at the civil defence warehouse in Roje on the outskirts of Ljubljana.

Also in Roje, the Chinese Olympic Committee handed over 10,000 surgical masks for the Slovenian Agency for Commodities and Reserves today.

The delivery was received by Economy Ministry State Secretary Aleš Cantarutti and Secretary General of the Slovenian Olympic Committee (OKS) Blaž Perko, the OKS said in a press release.

Meanwhile, a group of Chinese cities have donated 77,000 various face shields to Civil Protection in the city of Maribor.

Slovenia's second largest city received the donation by its Chinese twin cities, including Nanjing, Huaian, Nanchang and Chongqing, on Friday. The supplies, handed over by Ambassador Wang, will be distributed to key services.

This marks the second such donation for Maribor after the city received a delivery of 10,000 FFP 2 masks from Hangzhou last week.

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