Via The New Dawn: Drugs to fight Ebola arrive. Excerpt:
The Government of the People’s Republic of China has brought into the country a consignment of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment, thermometers, Sanitizers and drugs to help fight the deadly Ebola Virus.
The consignment arrived at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County on Monday, 11 August on-board a special charted flight from Beijing.
Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Yue Zhang, presented the supplies on behalf of his Country to Liberia’s Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sylvester Grisgby, who happily received them on behalf of the Government of Liberia.
Ambassador Yue said similar donations were sent to neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, adding that the total amount spent in the three countries is US$ 5million of which Liberia received US$ 1.5 million worth of supplies.
The Ambassador recalled that at the beginning of the outbreak here, his Government also donated some cash and equipment. He noted that the second round of the outbreak has been very severe, with rapid death tolls in the country, prompting the Liberian government to seek further help from China.
The equipment arrived on board a Chinese Cargo plane Boeing 747. Ambassador Yue further disclosed that three public health experts from China are expected here today, Tuesday, 12 August to work with the Government of Liberia in responding to the deadly epidemic.
James D. Gala, coordinator of the government task force on Ebola set up by President Sirleaf said the equipment brought into the country by the Chinese will be distributed to health centers across Liberia for rapid response to the virus. He stressed that Ebola is everyone’s business, reminding Liberians that if one citizen is affected, others risk being affected.
Acting Foreign Minister Grisgby, apparently overwhelmed with joy, commended the Government of the People’s Republic of China for her commitment to Liberia and Africa as a whole. The Minister assured that China and Liberia will always be in partnership.
Meanwhile, the White House and the United States Food and Drug Administration have approved request for sample doses of experimental Serum to treat Liberian doctors who are currently infected with the deadly Ebola virus disease.