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Chinese Envoy hands over anti-Ebola materials to Koroma

By Samuel Ben Turay

The Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone has officially handed over a batch of emergency humanitarian anti-Ebola medical materials valued at RMB 10 million Yuan (equivalent to US$1.63 million) to President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House on Friday (August 15).

Speaking at the ceremony, His Excellency Ambassador Zhao Yanbo commended the positive efforts made by the Sierra Leone government in the fight against Ebola. He stated that the Chinese government and people are following closely the Ebola situation in the country, noting: “We got to know quickly what Sierra Leone needed most, and made a prompt decision to provide more emergency medical aid to the country at the earliest possible time.”

The envoy pointed out that the donation was another demonstration of the brotherly relations between China and Sierra Leone, and hoped that the new batch of emergency medical materials will help the country win the battle against Ebola at the earliest possible time.

The ambassador also announced that three public health experts from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention have arrived in the country to provide training on the use of the China-aided medical materials.

In his response, President Koroma stated that China’s medical aid came at a difficult and challenging time in the history of Sierra Leone, and requested Ambassador Zhao to convey the heartfelt thanks of the government and people of Sierra Leone to Chinese President Xi Jinping for the timely and much-needed support and for the arrival of public health experts to help government fight the outbreak.

He pointed out that China’s medical support has further strengthened Sierra Leone’s capabilities and confidence in winning the battle against Ebola, and also commended what the Chinese doctors and nurses are doing in helping his government contain the disease.

President Koroma expressed his sympathy and good wishes to the Chinese doctors and nurses who were quarantined for providing treatment to confirmed Ebola patients.

At the ceremony, Ambassador Zhao signed the hand-over certificate of the donated medical materials with Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Foday Sawi, on behalf of their respective governments.

Also present at the ceremony were Dr. Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and his deputy, Dr. Ebun Adebola Strasser-King.

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