The Government of the People’s Republic of China through the Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Ren Yisheng has donated and handover the fourth batch of Anti-Epidemic materials to the Government and people of Liberia.
Presenting the medical equipment and supplies, Ambassador Yisheng said this batch of medical supplies include 180 ventilators, 50 oxygen concentrators together with 1800 full face masks, 500 tubing parts, 17,600 medical protective face masks and 100 infrared thermometers.
The Chinese envoy expressed the hope that these medical supplies, which conform to the most stringent Chinese manufacturing standard, will be distributed to all public hospitals and private medical institution across the country.
Ambassador Yisheng opined that COVID-19 is raging all over the world and posing serious threats to the health, safety and well-beings of hundreds of millions of people, stating that China and Liberia are good brothers, good friends and good partners and have always helped and supported each other.
He further mentioned that the Chinese Government and people highly appreciate the support rendered by President Dr. George Manneh Weah, the government and people of Liberia to President Xi Jinping, during the most difficult time such as tests, treatment and vaccination rendered by the health authorities of Liberia to the Chinese nationals working and living in Liberia.
“China is the first to offer assistance to Liberia and her people in your fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as we did during the fight against Ebola in 2014.
We are also, through international humanitarian organizations and institutions such as UNICEF and World Food Program (WFP), delivering food and nutrition programs in Liberia. As President Xi has announced, China is determined to make Chinese-made COVID vaccines a global public product and we are ready to carry out cooperation with Liberia in this regard”, the Chinese Ambassador said.
He said in recent years, under the guidance of President Xi and President Weah the two countries’ friendly cooperative relations have been deepened and strengthened, adding that the cooperation is based on the principle of equality, consultation, mutual respect and win-win, in line with the Belt and road Initiative (B&R) as advocated by President Xi and the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PADP) as advocated by President Weah, and serves the broad interest of the two countries and peoples.
In a very brief respond, President George Manneh Weah expressed thanks and appreciation to his counterpart President Xi, the Government and People of China, for this worthy gift and kind gesture from China and assured Ambassador Yisheng that under his leadership the donated items will be used for the intended purpose.
“We want to say thank you. We wish that Liberia and China bilateral relations will move from strength to strength. We adhere to the one China Policy. We are partners. We will work with you for both countries to succeed. On behalf of the people of Liberia, we want to say thank you and please convey our message to our brothers and sisters in the People’s Republic of China ‘Chi-chu’”, President Weah said.
The handover ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the Jamaica Resort and graced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., Mr. Nathanial McGill, Minister of States for Presidential Affairs and Dr. Wihelmina S. Jallah, Minister of Health among others.