China envoy hands over medical supplies to NaCOVERC
The Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone has handed over medical supplies from China-Aid to the Minister of Defense and Head of the National Covid Emergency Response Center (NaCOVERC), Brigadier Rtd. Kelly Conteh.
The symbolic handing over ceremony took place at the Chinese Economic and Commercial Office at Hill Station in Freetown.
The items donated include; 2,060 testing kits, 4,000 respirators, 50,000 surgical masks, 40,000 PPEs, 2,000 disposable isolation gloves, 1,000 medical shoe covers, 35 ventilators, 45 oxygen generators to related accessories.
In his statement, Ambassador Hu Zhangliang expressed delight in handing over the medical supplies donated by the Chinese Government, which aimed to further support Sierra Leone’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the donation serves as one of the concrete actions in implementing relevant commitment made by President Xi Jinping at the official opening of the Extra-ordinary China-Africa Summit and Solidarity against Covid19.
“Up till now, the Chinese Government and its people have provided at least 8 rounds of donations to Sierra Leone for the fight against Covid19. I am glad to know that these items have been essential in enhancing Sierra Leone’s capabilities of combating the pandemic. The quick rotation of the three Chinese medical teams in Sierra Leone has also been completed. The new team is all geared up to provide support and many of them have already started their work here immediately,” he said.
He expressed optimism that the new batch of donations and expert team will help consolidate what Sierra Leone has already achieved in the fight against the pandemic, while underscoring the higher degree of tenacity and resilient Sierra Leoneans have played in controlling the pandemic under the strong leadership of President Julius Maada Bio.
“As a reliable friend, China will continue to provide support to Sierra Leone for the latest Covid19 response and socio-economic development”.
Ambassador Hu Zhangliang ended up by stating that under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee, with Comrade Xi Jinping as its core, China has achieved a major strategic success in the nationwide control of Covid-19 and restored economic growth through painstaking effort and tremendous sacrifice.
Receiving the donation, Head of NaCOVERC, Brigadier (Rtd.) Kelly Conteh said the government was pleased to partner with the People’s Republic of China in improving public health in the country.
He assured that the donated medical supplies and equipment will go a long way in helping to strengthen healthcare delivery for members of the military and the public at large.
According to him, when Sierra Leone started recording cases of Covid-19, China donated thousands of test kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to NaCOVERC that has inevitably contributed to a successful fight against COVID-19. “Today, he went on, this country is cautiously opening and new cases have generally remained low and we are seeing positive signs of curtailing this outbreak in Sierra Leone. I want to commend the persistent collaborative effort by the two governments and this is a proof of what cooperation can do as we faced an unprecedented global health threat for which no country has escaped,” he said
Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Anthony Augustine Sandi described the donation as another great moment in the relationship between China and Sierra Leone.
“China has done a lot for Sierra Leone and this is not the first donation China is giving to us as a country, for which we are very much grateful to the people of China,” he said.
He expressed fervent hope that the good relationship between the two countries will continue, thereby pleading to the Ambassador for more assistance.
“Every country at this particular moment has its problem, if China leaves its problem and decided to assist us, we are very much grateful to them,” he said.