Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yan Bo, last week was at State House to officially hand over the Ebola medical supplies China sent in record time of one week to Sierra Leone.
He commended the President, Government and the people for their determination to win the Ebola battle.
Present at the ceremony were Dr. Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and his deputy Dr. Ebun Adebola Strasser-King, and Foday Sawi, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation.
Ambassador Zhao commended the positive efforts made by the Sierra Leonean government in fighting Ebola. He stated that the Chinese Government and people are closely following the development of Ebola in Sierra Leone, got to know quickly what Sierra Leone needed most, and made a prompt decision to provide more emergency medical aid to Sierra Leone at the earliest possible time.
He pointed out that this was another demonstration of the brotherly relations between China and Sierra Leone.
He hoped that the new batch of emergency medical materials will help Sierra Leone win the battle against Ebola at an early date.
He also announced that three public health experts from Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention have arrived to provide training on the use of China-aided medical materials.
In his response, President Koroma stated that China’s medical aid came at a difficult and challenging time in the history of Sierra Leone.
He requested Ambassador Zhao to convey the heartfelt thanks of the Sierra Leonean government and people to Chinese President Xi Jinping for the timely and much-needed medical material support and the arrival of public health experts in helping his Government fight against Ebola.
He pointed out that China’s medical support further strengthened Sierra Leone’s capabilities and confidence in winning the battle against Ebola.
He also commended what the Chinese doctors and nurses did in helping Sierra Leonean government contain Ebola and expressed his sympathy and good wishes to the Chinese doctors and nurses who were quarantined for providing treatment to confirmed Ebola patients.
Before leaving, Ambassador Zhao signed the hand-over certificate of the medical materials with Deputy Minister Foday Sawi of Health and Sanitation on behalf of their respective governments.
By Austin Thomas
Monday August 18, 2014