Chinese envoy warns…


Ebola war not over

January 19, 2015 By Alusine Sesay

While motivating a troop of scouts at Grafton last Friday, Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone noted that although the number of confirmed cases of Ebola has drastically reduced, the fight still lingers and that they should continue to complement government’s effort in containing the virus.

His Excellency Zhao Yanbo was speaking at the closing ceremony of a public health training for over 300 scouts countrywide. He and his wife, through the Sierra Leone Scouts Association, donated food and other items to Ebola orphans at the King George’s home at Grafton.

He praised the Sierra Leone Scouts Association for having contributed to diverse socio-economic development in the country, ranging from infrastructure to above all the fight against Ebola, and that he was proud of them.

He likened the scouts to pioneers in development and expressed hope that they would continue contributing to national development.

He described scouts as “great” and urged that they be respected in society by the authorities.

Ambassador Yanbo added that China and Sierra Leone are friends and brothers, and that the Chinese government was the first to come to the aid of Sierra Leone in her moment of difficulty, thus leading the way for other international partners to follow.
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He said the Ebola virus disease is a devastating epidemic, noting that the training was an important component of ensuring the outbreak is contained to enable the country again undertake economic activities.

He said the Chinese training team has trained over 350 people and that he was glad that scouts were not left out, thus calling on them to dedicate their service to the fight against Ebola.

He promised his continued support to the scouting community, as they are a vital force in national development.

Chief Commissioner of the Sierra Leone Scouts Association, Councillor Abu Bakarr Nylender Kargbo, thanked the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for selecting scouts for the training.

For the past 40 years, he said, China has done tremendously well in national development in Sierra Leone.

He disclosed that there are 16,000 scouts countrywide, and called on the ambassador to create links between his association and their counterparts in China.

He expressed his appreciation for the support provided by the Chinese to train members of his association, stating that they were looking forward to more opportunities, such as training for his members in China.