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Ebola: China Sends Medical Supplies To Guinea, Liberia And Sierra Leone

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A Chinese plane carrying emergency humanitarian supplies for Sierra Leone
arrived in the country's capital Freetown on Monday afternoon, as part of
effort to help the country contain the spread of Ebola.
The aid materials which were brought by a special chartered flight from
China included personal protective gears, gloves and glasses as well as
chlorine and other medicines to help fight the disease.
China announced on Sunday it would dispatch three expert teams and
medical supplies to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help the three West
African countries fight against the outbreak of the virus.
This is the second batch of Ebola relief provided by China to West Africa.
China delivered its first batch of supplies in May, mostly for disease
prevention, control and treatment, to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent messages on Sunday separately to Guinean
President Alpha Conde, Sierra Leone President Ernest Koroma and Liberian
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, expressing sympathy and solicitude for
human and economic losses caused by the Ebola outbreak.
Receiving the materials on behalf of the President, the government and
people of Sierra Leone, the Deputy Minster of Foreign Affairs, Ebun Strasser-
King said the Chinese government demonstrated that "a friend in need is a
friend indeed."
She noted that the Ebola "took us by surprise and met us when we were ill
prepared for it". It is in this vein that the government and people welcome
this gesture by the Chinese. She maintained that "our friendship has been
based on friendship and brotherhood."
Representing the Health Ministry, the Deputy Minister Abu Bakar Fofanah
reechoed the sentiments of his colleague, noting that the gifts are a
milestone in the China-Sierra Leone relation. He commended the Chinese
for putting all protocols aside by coming to the immediate help of Sierra
The Ebola virus, which spreads through bodily fluids with those infected, has
killed 961 people and affected 1,779 others this year in West Africa, mostly in
Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The World Health Organization warned on Friday that the disease is now a
"public health emergency of international concern" and called for a
coordinated international response to stop and reverse the international
spread of Ebola.

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