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Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone and President Bio Commission Infectious Disease Prevention Center in Freetown

By Abu Bakarr Kargbo (People's Daily Online)    16:55, July 09, 2018

President Bio and Ambassador Wu Peng, cutting the tape to mark the symbolic opening of the Center

The Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Wu Peng, joined the President of Sierra Leone His Excellency Julius Maada Bio as he commissioned Sierra Leone’s Infectious Disease Prevention Center built by the joint offices of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) and the Chinese Military at the 34 Military Hospital, Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital.

Wu expressed his delight on the joint efforts between the two militaries. He said the move by President Bio to attend the ceremony depicted his respect for the values the two countries shared. He commended the 34 Military Hospital for their coordination and communication throughout the project.

He disclosed that over the years the two armies had coordinated and raised resources for several areas of operations within the RSLAF, adding that the Chinese government would continue to provide assistance to the force.

Wu also expressed his hope for continued cooperation between the two countries.

Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Wu Peng and Sierra Leone’s President, Julius Maada Bio officially unveiling the Centre’s Plaque

In his keynote address, President Bio thanked the Government of the People’s Republic of China for their continued support to Sierra Leone, saying that China had been pivotal to the country in its development drive. He added that the new facility would not only help manage infectious diseases in the country but would also play a leading role in the health sector for the entire country. He noted that the new facility would now reposition the RSLAF to better address infectious diseases such as Ebola and other emerging ones. 

“The project now commissioned will not only strengthen the relationship between the two countries but will also serve as a major boost to our health delivery infrastructure, which is critical in the delivery of the human development portfolio in the New Direction. This is with the conviction that good health care is imperative for increased productivity in agriculture, improved learning and teaching, child survival and development, reduce child mortality and increase investment considerably,” he said.

On the potential benefits of the project, President Bio stated the new facility would help strengthen the infrastructure capacity of the RSLAF and would enable the joint medical unit to improve on service delivery to personnel, their department and the general civilian population.

Chinese Military and Sierra Leonean Officials at the ceremony

Between the two countries, President Bio said that it was no gainsaying that Sierra Leone and the People's Republic of China have enjoyed a cordial relationship for a very long time on a mutual benefit basis. He ended by saying that the ceremony would also mark another milestone in the fraternal relationship between the two countries. 

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