China sends 71 tonnes of medical aid to Venezuela

  • China
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Caracas: A second airplane from China carrying medical supplies including medicine arrived in Venezuela as part of a “humanitarian technical” cooperation agreement between President Nicolas Maduro’s government and the Asian powerhouse.

A Boeing 747 carrying 71 tonnes of medicines and surgical material arrived in the capital Caracas, the government said in a press statement.

It included supplies for pregnant women and drugs to treat respiratory conditions.

“With this second shipment, as well as that which we already received from the Russian Federation, the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent some 166 tonnes of medicines and supplies have arrived in the country,” Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said.

A previous shipment of 65 tonnes of aid arrived from China on March 29.

Crisis-wracked Venezuela is suffering from serious shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicines after five years of recession.

The United Nations says almost a quarter of its population of 30 million is in urgent need of humanitarian aid. — AFP