Counselor Wang Xinmin who is the deputy Ambassador at the Chinese Embassy has in a statement said “After the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus, the Chinese government has attached great importance and made comprehensive deployment on prevention and control with openness, transparency and a high sense of responsibility towards global health security.” He said relevant authorities have formulated comprehensive, strict prevention and control schemes including personal protection, medical treatment and pathogen detection in response to the pneumonia outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus to curb any momentum of spreading. “Up to 27th January, a total of 1,400 laboratory-confirmed cases were timely reported and appropriately treated, among which there were 41 deaths. Meanwhile, we have shared information of the epidemic with the WHO and relevant countries in a timely manner, which has been highly recognized by WHO and the international community.” Counselor Xinmin said having successful experience in response to SARS epidemic; the Chinese side is confident and capable of containing this epidemic to safeguard national, regional and global health security. He believes that the international community, especially friendly countries and people, will fully understand and support China’s relevant efforts and pray for China.
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He said he wants to assure the Sierra Leone government that all necessary precautions have been put in place and they have alerted all Chinese medical team in the country to be ready in case of a detected case within the country. “We know that many Sierra Leoneans travel to China to do business, maybe on their return anything can happen so we are happy that the Ministry of Health will do temperature checks at the airport and the hospitals and the lab will be more than ready to contain the virus if a case is detected in Sierra Leone.
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