|Liberia: China Boosts Liberia's Ebola Fight|
By Emmanuel Weedee-Conway
Monrovia — A 15-man advanced team of Medical Doctors, Epidemiologists, Designers, Engineers and Technicians has arrived in the country from the People's Republic of China.
The team arrived in the country on board Air Brussels on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Roberts International Airport in Harbel, Margibi County.
The arrival of the 15-man delegation was also followed by the arrival of some building materials and medical equipment Sunday, October 26, 2014 by a special charted Boeing 747 China Cargo Plane at the RIA.
Speaking to journalists upon the arrival of the materials and medical equipment at the RIA, Chinese accredited to Liberia, ZangYue, said the building materials will be used for the construction of a-100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), while the medical supplies will be used to equip the ETU.
According to the Chinese envoy, the arrival of the 15-man advance team, building materials and medical equipment is in accomplishment of a 500 million RMB Yuan (US$82M) assistance package to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and relevant international organizations towards the fight of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 24.
While here, he said the 15-man advanced team will prepare for the construction of the ETU, exchange views with officials and experts of Liberia and international partners, and receive professional training.
"This latest package is the fourth round of China's assistance programs for Ebola control in West Africa and comprises both cash and supplies. China will send more health experts and medical staff to help with Ebola control and treatment in West Africa, and China will build an Ebola Treatment Unit equipped with 100 beds in Liberia," said Amb. Yue.
As part of the fourth round support, he said China will provide He said China will provide hospital beds, ambulances, motorcycles, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other urgently needed supplies to the three West African countries plagued by the virus.
"China will donate US$6M to the United Nations Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund to support the efforts made by the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response," he added.
For his part, Liberia's Deputy Foreign Minister, Sylvester Grisby, lauded the Government and People of China for the kind gesture towards the fight against Ebola.
"We are very happy that all of our friends are coming in to help in the fight against this disease, and we are hopeful that we can fight and get it out and then move on the path of development," he said.
Minister Grisby noted that even though there has been lots of progress in the fight against the epidemic, but stated that much needs to still be done.
"We need to look beyond this current crisis. As you may know, in some countries, there can be recurrences. So the presence and collaboration of these international friends will help us to move ahead," he added.