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Medical Supplies Donated by Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation of China Reached Sierra Leone

On April 1, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of the Republic of Sierra Leone held a ceremony of receiving the donation of medical supplies by Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation of China. The ceremony was graced by H.E. Chinese Ambassador HU Zhangliang, Hon. Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Alpha T. Wurie, Hon. Minister of Information and Communications Mr. Mohamed Swaray, World Food Programme Country Director Dr. Housainou Taal, World Health Organization Country Director Dr. Evans Liyosi, United Nations Population Fund Country Director Dr. Kim Eva Dickson, Deputy Ministers of the MoHS Dr. Anthony Sandi and Dr. Amara Jambai as well as newsmen and newswomen from the fourth estate. The donated items include 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 facial masks and 1,000 PPEs together with face shields.

Ambassador Hu commended the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation for their generosity and warm-heartedness. The Ambassador said that this donation vividly reflected the Chinese business community’s positive attitude in building a community with a shared future for mankind as advocated by H.E. President Xi Jinping and the friendly sentiments of the Chinese people towards their African brothers and sisters. He said, under the staunch leadership of H.E. President Xi Jinping, the pandemic had been basically kept under control and the situation kept turning for better in China. China’s resolute measures and huge sacrifice had bought the world time and accumulated experience for other countries to get prepared for the spread of the virus. China’s experiences showed that strong leadership, social mobilization, concerted national efforts and rigorous measures were the key to success in combating COVID-19.

Ambassador HU said, just as H.E. President Xi Jinping pointed out in his speech at the recent Extraordinary G20 Leaders' Summit, “Major infectious disease is the enemy of all.” “The community of nations must move swiftly to stem the spread of the virus.” The Ambassador commended H.E. President Julius Maada Bio and his government for exerting strong leadership to combat COVID-19. The Ambassador emphasized that what the world needs now is solidarity and cooperation rather than accusation or stigma. He stressed that the acts of certain people distorting facts, calling black white and viciously attacking China were repugnant and despicable. He believed that through hard work and concerted efforts, the pandemic will be defeated.

On behalf of H.E. President Julius Maada Bio and the Sierra Leonean government, Hon. Minister Wurie thanked Jack Ma Foundation, Alibaba Foundation and the Chinese people for the prompt support. He highlighted that China is always one of the most reliable partners of Sierra Leone. He said, on March 31, the first positive COVID-19 case was registered in this country. At this crucial moment, these items, which would significantly enhance the capacity and confidence of the Sierra Leonean government in facing the challenges, would be cherished and put to good use to combat the virus.

Dr. Liyosi, the Country Director of WHO and Dr. Taal, the Country Director of WFP also spoke highly of the donation and appealed to the international community to work together.

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