The People’s Republic of China’s intention to cement relations with Liberia continues to be manifested as the country turned over equipment and materials worth about US$5 million to the Liberian Government.
The equipment and logistical materials turned over yesterday to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Yue, include 20 ambulances, 20 pickup trucks, 10 incinerators, 100 motorcycles, 150 hospital beds, 4000 sets of healthcare products, 60,000 sets of PPEs, 20,000 bottles of hand washing disinfectant, and 215 sets of assorted medical instruments, 645 sprayers, and 215 infra-red thermometers.
Among the equipment donated are 10 forklifts which Ambassador Yue said were not mentioned in the original listing.
“I recommended adding these 10 giant fork lifters to the list when I saw the urgent offloading needs at the Liberian ports of entry which handle thousands of tons of goods pouring into the country,” Ambassador Yue noted.
“These goods come at a time when people here are striving for post-Ebola resilience and getting prepared for future epidemics,” according to the Chinese Ambassador,
Yesterday’s consignment is the 4th batch of humanitarian assistance the Chinese Government has given Liberia amid the Ebola outbreak that claimed many lives in the country and the sub region.
Recalling some slogans relating to China-Liberia friendship, Ambassador Yue said, “Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends” and “A friend in need is a friend indeed” are two of them that I have often heard when people talked about China-Liberian relationship during the last several months.
He also recounted the handing over ceremony of the first large batch of humanitarian assistance from China held at the Free Port on August 12 in the presence of President Sirleaf, saying, “China was the first country to deliver a large batch of very urgently needed humanitarian assistance over 10,000 miles by a chartered cargo-plane to Liberia and other affected countries.”
Ambassador Yue told President Sirleaf and Liberians that the humanitarian assistance was not only a manifestation of solidarity from the Chinese people, but also firm confidence of Liberians winning the battle against Ebola.
Last year in China, an earthquake struck the Yunnan Province with various kinds of disasters in other parts of that country. Despite the situation, the Chinese Ambassador said, China spared no effort to reach out a helping hand to Liberia and the sub region.
“Up to now, China has contributed 4 rounds of humanitarian assistance worth more than US$120 Million to the region, of which nearly US$52 Million worth of materials and cash went to Liberia,” he recalled.
He further detailed that China has sent nine special planes, transported more than 200 tons of materials and 400 medical personnel to Liberia.
“China is the only country to build and operate an ETU here. Thanks to the hard work of China’s PLA medical team, 6 confirmed Liberian patients walked out of the ETU and rejoined their families and the society,” he added.
Ambassador Yue then promised President Sirleaf that China will work with Liberia to ensure that the country recovers from its economic loss sustained during the Ebola crisis.
He then warned Liberians that while the country has turned from being the worst Ebola hit to the best Ebola free, people should avoid complacency and observe health protocols to keep safe.
President Sirleaf in response to the gesture acknowledged the role of China in Liberia and thanked Ambassador Yue and the People’s Republic of China for the assistance given Liberia in its time of need.