As deaths continue to rise from the coronavirus epidemic, China faces a severe shortage of medical supplies, according to the only Catholic charity in the communist nation.
Jinde Charities, a government-registered charity, appealed to the universal Church for help in procuring medical supplies such as face masks, surgical masks, goggles and eye masks, reported ucanews.com.
‘There is a serious shortage of some medical supplies. As the flu has spread all over the country, hundreds of pieces of masks and protective clothing are consumed daily. Medical supplies are not just lacking but dangerously lacking,’ said a message from Jinde.
The Catholic Church’s official social services agency, Caritas International, has no local partner in China like most other countries in Asia have. Started in 1997 and officially recognised in 2006, Jinde (advancing love) does the work of Caritas, carrying out the relief work of the Church in China.
Ucanews.com reported the charity’s message in Chinese, titled ‘Urgent appeal from China’, said it was seeking help from the universal Church.
‘So many people are desperately looking for supplies abroad. Our Catholic Church is a Church preaching love,’ said the message signed by Fr Zhang Shijiang, Jinde official.
Picture: People wearing masks walk near the Ruins of St Paul’s Catholic complex in Macau on 5th February 2020, during the coronavirus outbreak. (CNS photo/Tyrone Siu, Reuters).