Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo yesterday at the Lungi Airport said as the mobile laboratory and other equipment arrived from China, the Chinese Medical team is well prepared for the job ahead.
He made this statement when the chartered plane from China arrived with the mobile laboratory as well as the 59 medical personnel who had arrived earlier.
He said they coordinated these supplies and the 59 doctors to be in town before the lockdown.
Ambassador Zhao said China is very concerned about the health of Sierra Leoneans and they are monitoring the situation on a daily basis. Ambassador Yanbo said of the three countries of Mano River Union, Sierra Leone is the concern of China because of the Sino-Sierra Leone relationship.
He said China wants to help in their own way of eradicating Ebola and they will continue to work with President Koroma and his government to win this battle.
Ebola is spreading, it is so rampant and fierce that people’ are dying every day. Sierra Leone as well as the international community has met an unprecedented crisis in history.
In response to Sierra Leone’s call for help and in consideration of the urgent need in combating Ebola, the Chinese Government has sent a mobile laboratory and 29 CDC experts chartering two airplanes and flying over 14 countries to carry the team and lab to Sierra Leone yesterday.
The other 30-man team will be in the holding center, which is the Jui hospital and the laboratory too will be set up in the same compound.
He said he is optimistic that with all the help coming into the country, Ebola will be defeated.
In his short response, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Samura Kamara said he is not surprised as China has taken a leading role in combating the Ebola virus in the country.
He said he is very proud of Ambassador Zhao who he said has cancelled his annual leave to stay and refused to go on holidays because he wants to see the end of Ebola in the country.
He said Ambassador Zhao is really a true friend of Sierra Leone and President Koroma is proud of what he has been doing for Sierra Leone. He said it is because of China’s swift intervention that has led to other countries coming in to help us.
He thanked the Government and people of China and said Sierra Leoneans will never forget all what China has done for us because they are a friend indeed.
Deputy Minister of Health Foday Sawi in his own remarks said he is at a loss for words because China has demonstrated true friendship by sending 59 personnel as well as equipment and a mobile laboratory.
He said the Chinese Ambassador has told him that the setting up of the lab will take 10 days and they will also build a permanent structure that will take three months to construct.
“China will not stop there, but they are planning to construct a laboratory for us to be doing research. This lab will not only serve Sierra Leone but the sub region as that is what the Chinese are planning to do for us.”
He thanked the Ambassador through the Chinese government for their continued support and said President Koroma is very proud for the friendship that has yielded so much positive results for both countries.
Giving the vote of thanks, Minister of Transport Balogun Koroma said last August when the second batch of supplies arrived from China, he was called on to give the vote of thanks and what he told Ambassador Zhao was that Sierra Leone is saying thanks but will be asking for more.
This he said is what has happened as more help has arrived from China.
He said China is a true friend and nobody will destroy the Sino-Sierra Leone friendship. “It will continue to grow because China is a true friend and their friendship is not based on condition. They treat us like equals and brothers with lots of respect, which is why I adore them and respect them.”
The Minister said Sierra Leone will continue to ask for more until Ebola is erased from Sierra Leone.
He thanked Ambassador Zhao and admonished all the 59 medical team that there support is highly needed and said he is hopeful their contribution will be special and appreciable to all Sierra Leoneans.
Thursday September 18, 2014