By Edwin G. Wandah
The People’s Republic of China yesterday brought into the country more than US$82m worth of materials to strengthen the global efforts in combating the Ebola virus. The materials included several building materials for the construction of additional Ebola Treatment Units around the country.
Speaking at the Roberts International Airport where three chattered Boeing 747 cargo planes landed, Chinese Ambassador ZANG Yue said the consignments which included hospital beds, ambulances, motorcycles, Personal Protective Equipment and other urgently needed supplies to soon follow are intended for the three Ebola hit countries in the region.
He further said that China will also dispatch advisory groups consisting of public health experts who will share China’s experiences and help improve the prevention and control plans of the affected countries.
According to Ambassador ZANG Yue, the donation formed part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s earlier pronouncement made on October 24 this year that China was to provide at least $500m RMB Yuan, which is around US$ 82m as an assistance package to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to partnership with International Organizations’ fight against the Ebola Virus.
He intimated that this is the fourth round of China’s gesture to African countries, and will serve as the largest of China’s assistance program’s packaged for Ebola-affected countries.
Ambassador ZANG Yue further stated that in addition to the medical supplies, the Chinese Government will beef up the efforts of UNMIL with an amount of US$6m as part of its International commitments made to assist the United Nations in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Meanwhile, the Government of China will build additional ETU’s to add to the already existing ones in the country and also send advanced team of 15 persons, comprising of Medical Doctors, epidemiologists, designers, engineers and technicians to assist the Government and International partners.
Ambassador ZANG Yue stated further that the advance of persons will mainly be responsible with the construction of the ETU’s, exchanging views with both local officials and International partners and experts of Liberia.
Receiving the donation on behalf of government, Deputy Minister, Sylvester Grigsby of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs lauded the Peoples and Government of China for the gesture and their continuous support to Liberia and Africa as a whole. The assistance package is expected to be completely delivered between October 26 and 29 respectively.