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China’s announces new Assistance to Fight Ebola


100-bed treatment center in Liberia
60 ambulances, 100 motorcycles…
480 medical staff from the PLA
US$ 6 m donation to UN Ebola Response

 


The Ebola epidemic has now become the most severe public health crisis to the international community in modern history, which not only threatens the lives and health of people in the epidemic-afflicted countries, but also poses a practical threat to world peace and stability.


In assisting Africa in the fight against Ebola, on October 24 in 2014, when meeting President Kikwete of Tanzania, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the forth round of assistance measures totaling 500 million RMB on behalf of the Chinese government, which includes:

 

  • A 100-bed treatment center in Liberia, which will be managed and operated by the elite squad of the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA) who has the experience of fighting SARS. The center, which will be the only treatment center in the three epidemic-stricken countries up to now that is constructed, staffed and operated by a foreign country is expected to be put into use within 30 days;

 

  • 480 medical staff from the PLA will be dispatched to Liberia in three batches, each consisting 160 people, to treat local Ebola patients;

 

  • 60 ambulances, 100 motorcycles, 10,000 health-care kits, 150,000 personal protection equipment and other materials such as hospital beds, pick-up trucks, and incinerators, etc.

 

  • 6 million US$ cash donation to the UN Ebola Response Multi-partner Trust Fund;

 

  • Public health experts consultancy teams and more public health personnel will be sent to help with and participate in epidemic prevention and control.


As a matter of fact, China had already sent three batches of emergency assistance to Western African countries to fight Ebola in April, August and September worth of around 250 million RMB in total. Up to now, China's total assistance to Africa has reached 750 million RMB, covering 13 African countries as well as international and regional organizations such as the UN, the WHO and the AU.

There are nearly 200 medical staff in the region at present and with the addition of the fourth batch of assistance, the experts and medical staff sent by China to the region will surpass 700.


China took the lead of assisting the epidemic-stricken countries in their fight against the Ebola disease when the international community had not paid enough attention, and escalated its assistance as situation requires. And, as long as the Ebola epidemic is not eradicated in West Africa, China's assistance will not stop.


All these demonstrates that China is a responsible big power and the nature of China-Africa relations featuring "the sharing of weal and woe". It has also reflected China's concept on China-Africa cooperation featuring "sincerity, real results, affinity, and trust-worthiness" through its real action.


Currently, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is far from being under control and poses a real threat to the people of the epidemic stricken countries and the whole world. Thus, the fight against Ebola is not only the responsibility of those epidemic-hit countries, but also an obligation of the whole international community.

China strongly urges the international community, the developed countries in particular, to take urgent measures, to enhance communication and coordination, and to support the leading and coordinating role of the UN and the WHO to make the assistance more effective and targeted with greater synergy so that we can win the final victory in the joint fight against Ebola.
                                    

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