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Chinese envoy’s wife, First Lady hand over food items to Hastings centre

OCTOBER 21, 2014 By Samuel Ben Turay

First Lady Sia Koroma
First Lady Sia Koroma

Wife of the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Mao Xuehongon last Friday (17th October) joined Sierra Leone’s First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma to handover food items worth millions of Leones to the Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre.

Speaking at the ceremony, Madam Mao stated that China shares the Sierra Leone’s feeling of bitterness as the country grapples with the Ebola outbreak, and that as a true friend of Sierra Leone, “China will stand side-by-side with Sierra Leone to jointly fight against Ebola.” She express hope that the food items, donated by the Chinese Embassy, would contribute to the smooth operation of the health center and help strengthen people’s confidence in winning the battle against Ebola.

The donated food items include 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of onions, 100 gallons of cooking oil, 50 bags of corn soya bean (corn flour), 100 bags of cooking salt, 10 cartoons of jumbo magi, 500 bundles of drinking water and one isolation unit filter bag.

Other dignitaries at the event were second lady Khadiya Sam-Sumana, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Madina Rahman, and Hon. Ibrahim Pateh Bah, Member of Parliament for Constituency 92.

Speaking, first lady Sia Nyama Koroma spoke highly of China’s support to Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola. She said that Sierra Leone is in need of every support that will help prevent the virus from further spread, including treatment for those that are already infected and in need of help for the long-term problems caused by Ebola.

“China’s support to Sierra Leone is significant and Sierra Leone’s history on Ebola will not be completed if China’s contributions are not mentioned,” said Sia Koroma.

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