The Inquirer (Monrovia)

26 December 2012

Liberia: Amb. Zhao Pledges Support

Chinese Ambassador ZHAO Jianhua on Sunday of this week pledged his country's supports in identifying with the Liberian women and children, especially, the less fortunate in the Liberian society. According to Ambassador Jianhua, Liberia has found favor in the eyes of his country, China which has created lots of interest of supports in various sectors of the Liberian society, starting from health, education, and security.

Ambassador Jianhua said at the New Year film reception for Liberian women and children held at the Chinese Embassy, there are lots to be achieved if the Liberian women are empowered with skills and the children are provided the opportunities to explore the Liberian society.

The Deputy Health and Social Welfare Minister, Vivian Cherue, thanked the Chinese Ambassador for the concern about Liberian women and children and said China must be given a big applaud for their relentless good gestures in identifying with Liberia.

She mentioned about international and local scholarships; the building of the capacity of the Liberian youths which forms part of the works that China is doing in Liberia.

At the event, the Chinese Embassy donated fans, bags of rice, book bags, sewing machines, digital FM Radios amongst others to the Group of 77th, ELWUO Orphanage and Children's Welfare Center, Sirleaf Market Women and Todee Mission School.

In response, the Executive Director of the Sirleaf Marketing Women Margretta Sawo Smith, Ophelia Freeman Johnson Chairman, Presbyterian Todee Mission School Board and FataLondon, Principal Presbyterian Todee Mission School attended and thanked the Chinese Embassy for the donation.

In another development, the Chinese government and Liberia on April 22, 2012 signed a bilateral agreement that will see China provide the Liberian Government with a consignment of diagnostic treatment equipment for malaria and some consumable goods worth RMB 1.5 million including freight and insurance premium for China-Liberia Malaria Treatment and Prevention Center which arrived in Monrovia in November 2012.

According to the agreement, on December 24, 2012, China formally handed over the goods to the Liberian Government at a ceremony conducted by Ambassador Zhao Jianhua of the People's Republic of China, and graced by Assistant Health Minister Tolbert G. Nyenswah of the Republic of Liberia.

The China-Liberia Malaria Treatment and Prevention Center, located in JFK Medical Center was also donated by the Chinese Government and unveiled by former Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on February 1, 2007 when former President Hu Jintao paid an official state visit to Liberia.

The diagnostic and treatment equipment for malaria and some consumable materials donated to the Liberian Government by Chinese Government include 21 different kinds of instruments and materials, such as, microscope, halogen lamp, 100×objective, fuse, Wright's stain, Giemas stain, glass slide, blood taking needle, cedar oil, cell classification counter, duplicator, laser printer, power terminal which was the most important drug donated at that time Ribavirin injection for treatment of Lassa fever with the quantity of 300, 000 ampoules.

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