China Donates To Salone

H.E. Ambassador Hu Zhangliang on 19th March, 2020 handed over a batch of most needed medical materials plus one 50 kw generator to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as donation from the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese community in Sierra Leone.

In his statement, Ambassador Hu averred that under the staunch leadership of H.E. President Xi Jinping, China has effectively kept the Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic under control and things are turning for better in China. He said that though COVID-19 was first discovered in China, it does not necessarily mean that it originated from China. He stressed that characterizing the pandemic as “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus” is unacceptable, immoral and ill-intentioned. He emphasized that the donation is a show of strong solidarity and genuine friendship between China and Sierra Leone.

Ambassador Hu commended H.E. President Julius Maada Bio and his government for exerting strong leadership to keep COVID-19 away from Sierra Leone. He said despite all the challenges at home, China will continue to share experience with and provide necessary assistance to Sierra Leone within her capacity. 

The Minister of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), Professor Alpha Tejan Wurie expressed thanks and appreciation to the Chinese Government for what he considered as prompt support at this crucial moment. He said that a friend in need is a friend in deed. He maintained that China is always among the first to extend a helping hand to Sierra Leone when need arises. The Hon. Minister emphasized that the medical materials donated by China would significantly enhance Sierra Leone’s capacity of prevention and control of COVID-19.

On his part, the President of Sierra Leone-China Friendship Society, Dr. Joe Conteh expressed similar sentiments.

The donated items include 500 sets of protective gowns, 500 N95 masks, 1,000 surgical masks, 1,000 pairs of medical gloves, 200 medical goggles and one 50 kw generator. In addition to those items, China has urgently equipped the Chinese CDC experts and military expert group working in Sierra Leone with testing kits which enables them to conduct 1,000 person-time on COVID-19 testings altogether.

The event attracted the Minister of Health and Sanitation Prof. Alpha Wurie, Chief Medical Officer, Mr. Samba and representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, heads of China-Sierra Leone friendship organizations, heads of the three Chinese Medical Teams in Sierra Leone and the fourth estate.