By Morrison O.G Sayon
Following the donation of medical supplies and equipment to Liberia to intensify the fight against the deadly Ebola virus that has killed hundreds of Liberians, it has been disclosed that three Chinese public health experts will arrive in the country today to join in containing the Ebola virus.
Speaking yesterday when the People’s Republic of China handed over consignment of medical supplies and equipment to the Government of Liberia, Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Yue said the Chinese experts are coming to Liberia to help in the fight against the virus that has engulfed the Mano River Union Basin.
Amb. Yue said a consignment of medical supplies and equipment that were sent directly to Monrovia from China was brought in by a special cargo plane Monday afternoon and includes personal protection equipment, medical instruments, sanitizer, disinfectants, medicines, non-contact infrared thermometer, which are all urgently needed in the battle against Ebola.
Amb. Yue said the Chinese government and people have been a staunch supporter to the Liberians to contain Ebola virus with concrete reactions. He said at the time of the first outbreak of Ebola, China swiftly provided US$20, 000 of cash aid and a batch of medical supplies valued US$1 million RMB Yuan (about 1 hundred and 60 thousand US Dollars) to Liberia respectively in March and April.
The Chinese envoy said the Chinese medical team stands fast and remains at its post to continue providing medical care and treatment. He added, “Chinese companies in Liberia also donated materials to communities nearby to fight against Ebola.”
Amb. Yue noted that with Ebola further spreading quickly and constituting great challenges to Liberia, as Liberia’s firm and reliable partner, China has once again made quick response to the appeals of Liberia and WHO by providing this batch of emergency aid materials and dispatching public health experts to Liberia.
He said in order to meet the urgent need of Liberia and make every effort more efficient, the Chinese government has launched the Emergency mechanism, simplified the procedures and sent a special cargo plane for quick delivery. He added, “And we experienced all the same when we worked with the counterparts of the Liberian National Task Force on Ebola these days. All these highlight that we in China always worry and concern about what Liberians do and vice versa, which usually happens between brothers and friends indeed”.
He noted that his country and Africa have always been a community with a shared destiny adding, that the people of China and Africa have been holding the other as their sincere friends and helping each other in distress for a long time. “We clearly remember that during the deadly earthquakes which occurred in 2008 and 2010, many African countries including Liberia rendered timely assistance to us. We are also very moved that in the wake of severe earthquake hitting China’s Yunnan Province last week, Madam President Sirleaf sent a condolence message to our President Xi Jinpng and Chinese people when she heavily engaged herself in leading the campaign against Ebola,” Amb Yue among other things concluded.
Also speaking, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf lauded the Chinese Government for the assistance saying that the timely donation of the drugs and medicine to Liberia is a further step in the sisterly ties between Liberia and China.
President Sirleaf said China has always been a good partner to Liberia especially at the time that country is faced with its own challenges. She said the latest assistance to Liberia by the Chinese Government is an extra mile and that the assistance comes at the time that the country is in a national tragedy.
“China has gone one step further by recognizing the urgency of our situation and has promptly come to our assistance in these great times of need. Please convey our appreciation and gratitude to your President that Liberia is a reliable and prominent friend to China,” the Liberian leader said.
Madam Sirleaf expressed sorrow over latest report of the spread of the Ebola virus into several communities in Monrovia and its environs that were not infested. She said the people are still not listening to Government on preventive measures while others are still denying that the virus exists in the country.
Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has visited several health facilities in Monrovia and its environs. The President on Tuesday visited the Redemption Hospital, John F. Kennedy Hospital and the ELWA Hospital.
President Sirleaf during her visits, lauded health workers who have returned to work to save lives despite the threat posed by the raging Ebola virus. Madam Sirleaf then encouraged the health workers to remain strong in the battle against the virus and promised that government will be with them in meeting their immediate needs.