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3rd Dec, 2021

Chinese 'sister city' delivers more PPE as UK Covid death tolls rises

MORE personal protective equipment (ppe) has been given to Stratford District Council from its ‘sister’ city in China.

The kit, which has now been passed on to NHS staff at Warwick Hospital, part of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) comes thanks to Stratford’s cultural relationship with Fuzhou in Jiangxi province.

Stratford District Council, which covers Alcester and Studley, has developed a strong ‘sister’ city relationship over the past five years with Fuzhou.

The city’s leaders contacted the district’s chair, Councillor Christopher Kettle, to offer the authority help through the provision of PPE.

Along with previous donations SWFT have now received a total of 35,000 masks, 200 disposable protective suits and 5,000 protective gloves from China through the district council.

”We are very grateful to our friends in the Municipal Government of Fuzhou for this very generous and supportive offer during our ongoing health crisis,” said Coun Kettle.

It is further evidence of the benefit of the relationships Stratford has been building with Fuzhou over the past five years.”

The current number of deaths from Covid-19 or involving the virus in UK is currently estimated to be around 50,000, the highest in Europe.

Glen Burley, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust chief executive said: “I want to say a huge thank you to Fuzhou and Meishan for their generous donation of personal protective equipment in such a crucial time for the NHS.

“With their support, we are able to continue providing essential care to our patients in hospital and in the community, while keeping them and our staff safe during these unprecedented times. We are extremely grateful and would like to also thank Stratford District Council for their support.”

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