- says SISLAA Vice President
January 21, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Vice President of the SINO-Sierra Leone Alumni Association (SISLAA) yesterday stated that the Chinese government has provided more assistance to help government in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone than any other country in the world.
Speaking during the donation of food items worth millions of Leones to the 34 Military Hospital, Abdul Karim Mbawah emphasized that China has provided over two million United States dollars cash to the government to help eradicate the virus.
He stated that the Chinese government, through its embassy here in Freetown, has also provided financial support to local organizations, including Campaign for Good Governance (CGG).
“China was the first country in the world to provide help to Sierra Leone. They have helped us with labs and built holding and treatment centers, and that has contributed greatly in the fight against the disease,” said Mbawah.
According to him, even before the outbreak of the Ebola virus, Beijing was contributing immensely to the development of the country, citing the construction of the new edifice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation office at Tower Hill.
Also, President of SISLAA, Ibrahim Seibure, said the organization was formed by Sierra Leonean graduates who had studied in various universities in China, with the aim of promoting unity, socio-cultural relationship, development and prosperity for its members and also strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
“It is known to all that the country is undergoing a difficult time due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease, but with support from the Chinese, through its embassy in the country, we thought it fit to donate food items, including provisions, which we know can help our brothers and sisters who are presently being treated for Ebola in this hospital,” Seibure told medics at the 34 Military Hospital.
Receiving the items, Commanding Officer Joint Medical Units, Colonel Professor Dr. Foday Sahr, commended SISLAA for the support, describing it as timely because it would help boost the chances of survival of Ebola patients at the hospital.
He said the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) has been part of the Ebola fight since the start of the outbreak in May 2014.
“We have successfully discharged a total of 36 people from our center. I will make sure that the right people receive the items donated,” Col. Sahr promised.