Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue has reiterated China’s commitment to support Liberia’s economic and post-Ebola recovery programs.
Ambassador Zhang said China is also willing to share its experiences and skills to help Liberia restore and improve its public health and disease prevention systems which will enable the nation to cope with future epidemics.
The Chinese envoy made the commitment Monday at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville when he presented a huge consignment of items valued at US$5 million to assist Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery.
The items donated include 20 ambulances, 20 pick-up trucks, 10 incinerators, 100 motorcycles, 150 hospital beds, 4,000 sets of health care products and 60,000 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
Other items are 10 giant forklifts, 20,000 bottles of hand-washing disinfectants and 215 sets of assorted medical instruments containing 645 sprayers, 215 infra-red thermometers, among others.
Ambassador Zhang pointed out that China’s humanitarian assistance to Liberia is not only a manifestation of solidarity from the people of China, but also a sign of appreciation of Liberia’s success against the Ebola virus under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s leadership.
“Being free from Ebola is not the end of the journey; we believe that while it is important to give people the fish to eat, it is more important to teach them how to fish,” Zhang added.
The Chinese envoy then applauded efforts made by Liberians in containing the Ebola virus, adding, “Together we have witnessed the miracle Liberia has made… Liberia was once the worst case in the region but has now become the best.”