Forty thousand face masks have been given to two of Cork’s biggest hospitals to protect patients and staff during the Covid-19 global pandemic following donations by some of Cork’s partner cities in China, with further PPE donations due from China within the coming weeks.
Up to 21,000 masks have been given to Cork University Hospital (CUH) by Cork City Council, on behalf of the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office, while an additional 19,000 masks were handed over to the Mercy University Hospital on behalf of Wenzhou Chamber.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan said: “This donation, at our time of need, illustrates the depth of the relationship between Cork City and China. We are truly appreciative of this support and it once more underlines how challenges like Covid-19 can only be overcome by people working together.
“PPE donations have been made by the Ireland Cork Chinese Business Association, the government of Hangzhou, CAJ Senior Care Beijing, Ireland China Science and Technology Association (ICSTA). These business and government relationships were forged as part of our strong and enduring sister and partner city engagements with Shanghai, Wuxi, Hangzhou and Shenzen.” The donations from China are being given to acute hospitals and other care settings including nursing homes.
Cork began developing ties with China 18 years ago and three years later became the first Irish city to twin with a Chinese city. Now, Shanghai is a sister city of Cork and Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Wuxi are partner cities.
Cork City Council has been developing ties with China since 2002. In 2005, it signed a Sister City Agreement with the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. In 2011, it signed further Memoranda of Understanding with the Hangzhou Municipal People’s Government and the Wuxi Municipal People’s Government.
In 2013, Cork concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government. Agreements in place with Chinese cities cover education, local government, culture and public health.