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Chinese CDC team arrives tomorrow with mobile lab

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 By Samuel Ben Turay

A team of 59 medical experts from the China Center for Disease Control (CDC) is due in the country tomorrow (17 September) to strengthen Sierra Leone’s endeavour to contain the Ebola virus, according to China’s Ambassador to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Zhao Yanbo.

He added that the Chinese medical experts would also construct a laboratory in the country.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday at the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, Ambassador Yanbo said the Chinese government is always ready to work with their counterpart in Sierra Leone. “We will try to do our best to ensure that Sierra Leone overcome this Ebola fight,” he said.

Also speaking, Spokesman of the Chinese Embassy, Xu Zhou, said the team would arrive aboard a chartered plane as part of China’s determination to help stem the spread of Ebola in the country. He said the team is coming upon the request of the Sierra Leonean government.

Mr. Zhou noted that this is the third batch of Chinese humanitarian aid to Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola.

Previously, China had airlifted two batches of emergency medical materials valued at RMB 11 million Yuan (equally 1.8 million USD) to the country, as well as sending two teams of medical experts to the country.

He added that China announced on 12th September a further 200 million Yuan (equally 32.54 million USD) package of humanitarian aid, including food supplies for disease control, emergency treatment facilities and capital support to African countries and international organizations to help control Ebola.

In addition, China will also promote long-term medical cooperation with African countries to help them raise their disease control and response abilities and improve public health systems, the Chinese diplomat revealed.