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Prez Sirleaf lauds China in Liberias Ebola fight

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Chinese President, Xi Jinping
Chinese President, Xi Jinping

( 26, 2014)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has lauded the Chinese Government for its prompt response to supporting Liberia in its fight against Ebola.

President Johnson-Sirleaf also commended Chinese President, Xi Jinping, and the Chinese people for committing their resources to helping Liberia in the Ebola fight.

She recalled that in June, July and August, 2014, the Liberian Government was saddened by the deaths of hundreds of Liberians, infected by the Ebola virus.

“Amidst the Ebola deaths, the Chinese Government was one of the first to respond to Liberia’s SOS call on the global community for assistance in the ongoing health crisis,” President Johnson-Sirleaf said.

“The Chinese Government responded with a ship-load of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) and other medical supplies.”

The Liberian Leader spoke Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the dedicatory ceremony of a 100bed Chinese Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) at the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville.

The Liberian President also said: ““The prompt response from the Chinese Government encouraged other partners to join the fight against Ebola in Liberia.”

She described the Chinese Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) as the first high quality international relief efforts and commended the Chinese Army for the construction of the ETU.

“I hope quality materials used to construct the ETU will be translated into high quality treatment for Liberians and will be extended to treat other infectious diseases apart from Ebola, the Liberian Chief Executive added.

Turning the facilities over to the Liberian Government, the Head of a Chinese Delegation to Liberia, Cui Li, praised President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for her determined commitment and strong leadership in the fight against the pandemic.

Madam Cui said: “The ETU is designed to meet high standards in the prevention and control of infectious diseases other than Ebola.”

Speaking through an interpreter, Madam Cui also said: “The ETU is for isolating suspected and treat confirmed Ebola patients, including UN staff, has qualified medical staff and first class international doctors and Ebola experts.”

The Vice Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China told the gathering that the Chinese ETU is expected to run for six month period.

“The Ebola Center, the first of its kind in Liberia, was built with semi-fabricated materials and has a lifespan of over 15 years,” Madam Cui noted.

“The Chinese Government is prepared to carry out exchanges with all parties on disease prevention and control, and will also share China’s experience with others,” she also said.

The Chinese Envoy said: “My Government has contributed more than 750-million Chinese Yuan for four rounds of assistance to Ebola affected countries.”

“The financial assistance also goes to relevant international and regional organizations in West Africa to fight Ebola,” Madam Cui added.


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