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China trains over 500 in Port Loko

January 27, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie 

The Chinese Public Health Team, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, yesterday commenced a two-week training of over 500 community people from thirty-four (34) wards in the Port Loko district on the prevention and control of the Ebola virus disease.

According to Chief Nursing Officer, Husainatu Kanu, the training is a continuation of China’s huge support to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus since it broke out in May 2014.

Kanu stated that the Ministry of Health in consultation with their Chinese counterparts decided to target community people in Ebola hotspots in Bombali, Moyamba, Porto Loko and the Western Area for the training because they are at high risk of contracting the virus, adding: “We will be training a total of 18 people per ward on a daily basis. It is our fervent hope that participants will put into practice what they have learnt and also teach their followers.”

She commended the Chinese government for their awesome support in the Ebola fight and urged participants to be attentive during the course of the training and to use knowledge gained to educate their colleagues on Ebola prevention and control.

“We are very much grateful to the Chinese government. They were the first to respond when the Ebla virus broke out in May 2014,” she said and urged participants not to be complacent because the figures are going down.

Vice Chief of the Chinese Public Health Team, Li Zhongjie, commanded the effort of the Pork Loko people in the Ebola fight. “We are here to fight the Ebola virus with you. We also share the sad moment of Sierra Leoneans,” he said.

He lauded support received from officials of the Health Ministry and expressed optimism that the training would be more than useful to participants to prevent and control the spread of Ebla in their respective wards.

“We have trained nearly 4,000 people across the country. It is our belief that the Ebla virus will be defeated because of the efforts of Sierra Leoneans, especially health experts,” he assured.

According to Li Zhongjie, the goal of the training is to improve the knowledge, attitude, behavior and practice of participants to respond positively to the Ebola fight.

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