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Liberia lauds Chinese aid to combat Ebola
August 14, 2014, 4:45 am

A Chinese plane carrying emergency humanitarian supplies for Liberia arrives at the airport in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 11, 2014 [Xinhua]

A Chinese plane carrying emergency humanitarian supplies for Liberia arrives at the airport in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 11, 2014 [Xinhua]

While receiving Chinese medical aid for his country, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded China’s assistance in combating the spread of the deadly Ebola disease.

“You have proven to be a friend in need. That’s the best friend you can have when you are in trouble, when you face hardships that person is a true friend,” Sirleaf said in the capital Monrovia on Wednesday.

1,069 people have died so far from the deadly virus and an estimated 1,975 suspected cases have been reported. WHO has warned that there is “no early end in sight” to the severe health crisis and called for “extraordinary measures” to stop the transmission of the disease.

China has sent medical experts and an almost $5 million aid fund to the worst affected countries- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Eight Chinese health workers are in quarantine in Sierra Leone because they may have contracted Ebola, according to the spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Freetown, Xu Zhou.

The seven doctors and one nurse treated patients at two Chinese-run hospitals in Freetown.

Meanwhile on Thursday, a consignment of experimental Ebola drugs sent by the US has arrived by plane in Liberia.

The drug, ZMapp, will be used to treat two African doctors in Liberia who were working with Ebola patients.

 

 Source: Agencies

One Response to Liberia lauds Chinese aid to combat Ebola

  1. Rob McCarroll Reply

    August 14, 2014 at 5:31 am

    It sure is amazing how the whole world is scrambling now to contain a virus that could have and should have been a priority when it first was detected. Since the 70’s there have been other outbreaks but they were dealt with by burning villages and dead bodies in them.

    Progress has brought this virus (some say it was released on purpose) out into the masses. Once again it’s a case of closing the barn door after the horses have run away. Too late!

    Hopefully this will not end up like the 1918 flu but if it does we only have to blame ourselves for being so complacent about such things. Course the wealthy will get the vaccines and the rest will die off in great numbers but hope for the best. The worst is yet to come and HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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