Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Yue
Chinese Envoy Calls For Global Front In Ebola Fight
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, September 24 (LINA) - Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Yue, has said the fight against Ebola should be a common global responsibility and not the responsibility of only African countries and peoples.
Ambassador Yue has accordingly called on the international community and developed countries to continue to take concrete measures and up their assistance to Liberia and the other affected countries to help curb the spread of the virus.
The Chinese envoy made the statement at the signing ceremony and Exchange of Notes for a US$1million and logistics to the Liberian National Police (LNP) valued at US$211,781.71 donated by the Chinese Government in support of the eradication of Ebola from West Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia on Wednesday.
Ambassador Yue reaffirmed China’s commitment to working side by side with the Government of Liberia and the international community by making positive contributions to fight the epidemic.
He pointed out that with the financial resources that are being provided by China, more health workers can be hired and more human resources can be mobilized to move into the local communities to raise awareness about the right way of self-protection and prevention.
The Chinese diplomat said the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia is not only a threat to the lives of the people, but it also has a great impact on its economic development and social stability and as such, China is making available to the LNP food aid and other help to improve the situation.
Ambassador Yue noted that the food assistance to the Liberia National Police will be channeled through the World Food Program.
He said apart from the US$1million financial and US$2 million worth of food assistance, China will also provide US$2 million to WHO and the African Union (AU) to support them in this global fight.
He further noted that the Chinese Government will also donate US$200,000 worth of equipment including two SUVs and 30 motorbikes to the LNP aimed at enhancing its capacity in combating the virus as well as to improve its mobility in the wake of UNMIL draw down.
It can be recalled that in early April, the Chinese Government provided medical supplies and cash aid to Ebola-affected countries including 174 medical experts to join in the fight against the virus.
In August, China donated cash, Ebola prevention materials and food valued at US$5 million in response to an emergency appeal from the World Health Organization, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to help contain the spread of the virus.