SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
The Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Zhao Yanbo, has reiterated his government’s commitment to assist the government and people of Sierra Leone in forging ahead with the challenges surrounding the Ebola outbreak in the country.
Speaking during the signing of the formal protocols of the newly arrived Chinese Medical Team in Sierra Leone to help in the fight to contain the deadly Ebola virus in the country, Ambassador Yanbo recalled the history of the SAS epidemic in China and the concerns of the Sierra Leone government for which they cannot afford to leave out Sierra Leone fighting the Ebola outbreak alone.
He said they would help provide the necessary network to enable the authorities handle some of the major challenges with a view to ending the Ebola war in the country.
The Chinese envoy said they have provided in-country 29 laboratory experts and a 30-man medical aid team from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as from major hospitals in China.
Deputy Director General, Research and Laboratory Management (CDC China) and team leader, Dr. George Fu Gao, said the objective of their mission is in twofold: “To engage on infection prevention control to break the transmission chain of suspected cases and to provide effective service at holding and treatment centres, and to support the laboratories.
Making a statement, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah, described the signing protocol as another landmark in the 40 years bilateral mutual relationship between the two countries.
He described the contingent as a specialized body that would help assist the government in its effort to end the epidemic, hoping that the continued bilateral relationship between China and Sierra Leone, that is characterized by love and mutual understanding, will continue to grow from strength to strength.