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Chinese Embassy Holds Farewell and Public Health Reception
2017/06/10

On June 2nd, 2017, Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, His Excellence WU Peng held a public health reception to say farewell to the 18th batch of Chinese Medical Team, the 6th batch of Chinese Ebola Virus Detection and Surveillance Team and the 1st batch of Chinese Military Medical Expert Group, as well as to welcome the arrival of the 19th batch of Chinese Medical Team.

Approximately 120 guests attended the event, including the Honorable Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ms. Isata Kabia, Honorable Deputy Minister II of Health & Sanitation Mrs. Zulainatu Cooper, Chief of Defense Staff of Sierra Leone Armed Forces Lieutenant Gen. John E. Milton Honorable, the Head of 34 Military Hospital Brig Gen. F. Sahr and other Sierra Leone government officials, as well as the 60 Chinese doctors, nurses and health experts.

In his keynote speech, Ambassador WU Peng said the event fully reflects how friendly and closely China and Sierra Leone were not only in fighting against Ebola epidemic, but also fighting for the health and well-being of Sierra Leonean people, not only in fighting against disease-related-poverty, but also fighting for bright and prosperous future of Sierra Leone. He praised the Chinese medical team for their medical techniques and the spirit of international humanitarianism to do hard work for the people of Sierra Leone.

About the 18th batch of Chinese Medical Team, Ambassador WU noted that the 20 members of the 18th batch of Chinese Medical Team did an excellent job at the Jui hospital where they were posted for the past one year they spent in Sierra Leone. He said the team started their work in February 2016 and that they treated more than 40,000 outpatients, conducted 16,500 different kinds of medical checkups and carried out more than 560 major surgeries. Soon, the 18th batch of Chinese Medical Team would be returning to China with honors and good memories. At the same time, the 20 members of the 19th batch of Chinese Medical Team had arrived a week ago.

About the 6th batch of Chinese Ebola Virus Detection and Surveillance Team, Ambassador WU opined that during the Ebola epidemic, China assisted Sierra Leone to build a P3 Laboratory just beside the Jui Hospital. Since then, China has sent 6 Detection Teams to help to conduct Ebola virus detection work. Currently the 6th patch of Chinese Detection Team together with their local colleagues have not just done well on the Ebola virus detections, but they have also established a Monkey Pox virus detection technology, developing Lhasa Thermal virus detection technology, and constantly expanding the P3 Laboratory bio-safety testing and monitoring capabilities.

About the 1st batch of Chinese Military Medical Experts Group, Ambassador WU pointed out that, the Chinese People's Liberation Army attached great importance to the cooperation with Republic of Sierra Leonean Armed Forces. In July 2016, a team of 10 medical experts from the PLA 302 Hospital and Chinese Military Medical Institution arrived in Sierra Leone. In the past year, they have done a lot of important medical work together with the medical staffs of 34 military hospital of RSLAF, including establishing the Mobile Electronic Surveillance System for Infectious Diseases (MESSID) which was the first Modern infectious disease prevention and control system in Sierra Lone. They have also treated many local patients, trained local nurses and doctors, and sent 15 excellent medical personnel to China for further studying. At the same time, they have carried out a number of medical research in malaria, typhoid fever, hepatitis, HIV, Ebola, unknown-origins Fever and so on.

Ambassador WU also commended the local health partners, the people and government of Sierra Leone for their strong support to the Chinese medical teams and doctors, and promised that, the incoming teams would carry on with the support to enhance the health situation in the country.

In her statement, the Honorable Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ms. Isata Kabia said China and Sierra Leone have come a long way and would reliably continue to shoulder each other in the darkest hours. She praised the selfless sacrifice rendered by the Chinese Medical Doctors and Military Medical Experts mainly in providing medical service to victims and non-victim of the Ebola at the Sierra Leone-China Friendship Hospital at Jui, Sierra Leone-China Friendship Biological Safety Laboratory and 34 Military Hospital. She also noted that Chinese doctors were one of the first medics came into Sierra Leone since Ebola outbreak which was consider the most disconcerting period of Sierra Leone public health history a time when the rest of the world isolated Sierra Leone. Ms. Kabia thanked the Chinese doctors for their hard work and dedication and said Sierra Leonean people would never forget their self-giving help and contribution.

    

Honorable Deputy Minister II of Health & Sanitation Mrs. Cooper and the head of 34 Military Hospital Brig Gen. F. Sahr said the China's support in health sector had played a key role in the social and economic development of Sierra Leone. Both of the government officials also said that the Chinese doctors and Military Medical Experts played an alternative role in infectious disease prevention and control and public health development and thanked the teams for their sacrifice and the training of Sierra Leonean medical doctors, noting that they would continue to work with the new teams to promote public health system in the country.

    

    

Certificates of appreciation were distributed to the Chinese medical team members and Military Medical Experts by the Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health & Sanitation and CDS of Sierra Leone Armed Forces Lieutenant Gen. John E. Milton. Over ten media houses including Awoko newspaper, Standard Times newspaper, Concord Times newspaper and Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) covered the reception.

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