August 16, 2017
China is a key development partner of Sierra Leone that is committed to assisting Sierra Leone build capacity in areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries, education, energy, trade, investment, and health care to name, but a few.
It is on this backdrop that the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Freetown has again provided thirty (30) spaces to Medical Doctors, Nurses , and Health Care Workers of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to travel to China for a training course in Malaria Control.
The training is schedule to take place at the Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China between August 16 and September 4, 2017.
During a ceremony held at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation conference room on Monday, 14 August, 2017, Dr. Sarah Kamara, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said malaria is a serious health concern for the country and as former head of the malaria control program in the ministry, she was happy that the embassy has provided a training course that is designed specifically for Sierra Leone.
She also talked about the different case management approaches and combination therapy used to treat malaria and stressed the importance of the course to the participants.
She stated that many staff of the ministry have benefitted greatly from these training programs including her and encouraged participants to take advantage of the opportunity and learn new skills which they can replicate in the various workplaces when they return.
Dr. Sarah kamara concluded by thanking the Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Mr. Shen Xiaokai for the Embassy’s continued support.
During his remarks, Mr. Shen Xiaokai, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, congratulated the 30 participants.
He reminded the audience that some 46 years ago, China and Sierra Leone established bilateral relations and two years later, China started sending medical teams to Sierra Leone.
He stated that the topic of the seminar was tailored specifically for Sierra Leone as a means of China’s support in the fight to eradicate malaria and reiterated the embassy’s commitment to work even closer with the ministry in capacity building, and promised to provide 100 spaces for short term training courses and seminars for doctors and nurses of Sierra Leone in 2018 .
He concluded by handing over 30 flight tickets to Dr. Sarah Kamara for onward distribution to the participants.
William Tilima Pessima, one of the health Care workers gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the participants.He thanked the Economic Counsellor for providing the opportunity for them, and promised that the team will work hard during the training in China.