President Ernest Bai Koroma last week met with Dr. Wang Yu, Chief of the China Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Freetown.
They had an in-depth exchange of views on the Ebola situation in Sierra Leone and measures to contain Ebola.
Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Kamara and Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Foday Sawi were present at the meeting.
After Ambassador Zhao introduced the CDC delegation to President Koroma, he said the delegation had met with the Minister of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone, and representatives from WHO, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Medecins Sans Frontiers(MSF), and inspected Ebola-stricken areas in the country.
He stated that China CDC is willing to strengthen cooperation with Sierra Leone and provide technical support.
In his response to President Koroma, Dr. Wang indicated that it is very crucial to interrupt the transmission chain, so as to contain Ebola.
The key measures of early detection of suspected cases, quick test and diagnosis for identification, and efficient close contact tracing management must be strengthened.
He said China CDC would like to help Sierra Leone in large scale tests of serum samples.
President Koroma thanked the team and briefed them on Sierra Leone Government’s efforts and main challenges in fighting this virus. He spoke highly of China’s timely and much-needed medical material support and efforts made by Chinese medical experts in helping his Government fight against Ebola.
He believed that with the help from China and other international development partners, Sierra Leone will surely defeat Ebola soon.
Before meeting with President Koroma, the Chinese Ambassador and China CDC Chief held discussions with Dr. Abubakarr Fofanah, Minister of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone.
Tuesday September 09, 2014