At the end of December, 2014, the Medical Team of Chinese People’s Liberation Army dispatched a group of medical staff to Bong Mines Hospital, Bong County, 110 kilometers away from Monrovia. The 18 sanitary and anti-epidemic experts, headed by the commander, Senior Colonel Wang Yungui, conducted infectious disease control and prevention training for over 300 community health workers. So far, the Medical Team has trained over 600 Liberian medical staff and HCWs.
According to a dispatch from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Monrovia, the training, conducted through videos and lectures, focused on the prevention and control of Ebola and other common local infectious diseases, including Ebola prevention, identifying and handling of Ebola incidents, health habit in affected area, dressing and undressing of PPE, Malaria prevention and hygiene and disease control.
The training attracted so many participants that the corridor was full of the local medical staff and community people, which included women with babies. Therefore, the trainees were divided into three batches. The Chinese medical team delivered the lectures directly, in fluent English, which was favorably received by the audiences.
After the lectures, epidemic prevention manuals and medicines were distributed to the local people. A young teacher of the community, Augusta, said that he had learned a lot of hygiene knowledge from the training and it was useful for daily life and helpful to maintain one’s health and safety.
One of Chinese PLA’s Medical Team’s missions in Liberia is to train Liberian medical staff and community HCWs, sharing Chinese experiences in the prevention and control of acute infectious diseases, and raising the technical level of Ebola prevention in Liberia. The Chinese PLA’s Medical Team has previously trained over 300 persons from the Liberian Army, local hospitals and communities.