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China CDC boss urges effective implementation of strategies

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 By Alusine Sesay

Deputy Director-General of the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who led the China Lab in Sierra Leone, Dr. George Fu Gao, has told Concord Times in an exclusive interview that government and other partners should endeavour to effectively implement strategies geared towards eradicating the Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone.

Having spent two months in Sierra Leone, Dr. Gao was routinely replaced by a new Deputy Director-General, Xiaofeng Liang last week.

He likened the Ebola fight to a football match and noted that “We have lost the first half since the disease has been spread to Spain and the United States of America. Therefore, we need to work together in the second half to contain the Ebola Virus Disease.”

He urged the need for the speedy establishment of Community Care Centres (CCC) and for them to be functional as part of efforts to curtail transmission by identifying suspected cases in various communities before they are sent to treatment centres.

He expressed frustration as to why the disease continues to spread in Sierra Leone, after all the efforts and energies being put together by the government and international partners to contain the Ebola virus.

“I am really wondering why we are not seeing a turning point in Sierra Leone like in Liberia and Guinea. Almost the entire world is here to fight against the Ebola but the confirmed cases continue to increase on a daily basis,” he observed.

The Chinese expert further talked about the need to attract more international assistance in the form of drugs, citing a Japanese drug, which he noted that if allowed to be tested in Sierra Leone, could produce better result in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.

He expressed optimism that if everybody works assiduously, the fight against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease can be soon won.