July 19, 2017
A farewell party was held at the Sierra Leone – China Friendship hospital at Jui on Friday, 14 July, 2017, for five (5) nurses who will travel to China for further technical training on 18 July.
The five nurses include Anthony Williams, Admire Sadie Mamedov, Regina Kumba Lansana, Munda Isaac Koroma and Mohamed Mansaray.
Among the dignitaries present were the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, Mr Shen Xiaokai; The Team Leader of the 19th Chinese Medical Team at Jui hospital, Dr. Liang Lihui; the Medical Superintendent of the Jui hospital, Dr. Kanu; and the Matron of the hospital, madam Alice Stevens among others.
Dr Kanu noted in his opening remarks that it was the first time the hospital has received such offer to send their staff to China for training, thus thanking Counsellor Shen for his tremendous support to the institution and staff of the Jui friendship Hospital.
He described the relationship between China and Sierra Leone as three wins for Sierra Leone-firstly, China sent professional medical team to Sierra Leone, and the country invariably benefited from their technical skills and the service they rendered to citizens on a daily basis.
He also dilated on the transfer of skills and knowledge from the Chinese to Sierra Leoneans, adding that the five nurses would acquire knowledge and learn new skills that would enable them do their work more efficiently and effectively upon their return.
He said the effort of the Chinese government will help to alleviate poverty, strengthen health care system, and bring happiness to the lives of many Sierra Leoneans.
Giving his keynote address, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Mr. Shen Xiaokai, thanked Dr. Kanu, the Chinese Medical Team and the entire staff of the Jui Friendship Hospital for their hard work and dedication to serve the people of this country.
He said the five nurses will be going to Hunan Province, home to the 19th Chinese Medical team, admonishing the nurses to take advantage of the opportunity and remain focus during their training in China.
He recognised the friendship between China and Sierra Leone as a win-win for all.
“We learn from you. Your ability to work under very difficult conditions are something we admire. You are very resilient people.”
Dr. Liang Lihui, team leader of the 19th Chinese Medical Team thanked the hospital management and staff for the warm welcome they received when they first arrived in Sierra Leone last month.
He said he was aware of the good work the 18th Chinese Medical Team did and promised to follow their foot step, adding that they would work collaboratively with other local staff to diligently serve the people of Sierra Leone.
Anthony Williams, one of the beneficiaries, expressed his gratitude to the counsellor for his generosity and assured him that they will work hard to gain the most from the Seminar.