Sierra Leone News: Sierra Leone bids farewell to Chinese Medical teams

Awoko Newspaper
Dong Zhaohui

The Chinese medical teams about to leave Sierra Leone

Source: Awoko Newspaper

The 18th Chinese medical team at Jui hospital, China CDC and Chinese Military medical team will all leave for China this month after working for months in Sierra Leone.

In a farewell reception held at the Chinese Embassy at Wilberforce Loop, Ambassador Wu Peng said 60 Chinese doctors and health experts with their local colleagues from Jui Hospital, P3 Laboratory and 34 Military Hospital are all ready to pack their bags and return home after their successful stint in Sierra Leone.

“20 members of the 18th batch of Chinese Medical Team and the excellent job that they have been doing at the Jul Hospital. The 18th batch of Chinese Medical Team, led by Dr. Teng Zhaoyu started their work in February 2016.

In the last 15 months, they have completed treatments for more than 40,000 outpatients, done more than 16,500 different kinds of medical checks, operated more than 560 important surgeries.”

Amb. Wu said China assisted Sierra Leone to build a P3 Laboratory beside the Jui Hospital and they have have sent six Detection Teams to help conduct Ebola virus detection activities.

“Currently the sixth Chinese Detection Team led by Dr. Song Jingdong together with their local colleagues has not just done well on the Ebola virus detections, but they have also established a Monkey Pox virus detection technology, developing Lhasa Thermal virus detection technology, and constantly expanding the P3 Laboratory biosafety testing and monitoring capabilities.

The team is due to depart Sierra Leone upon the arrival of the new team at the middle of next month. They have been at the front-line in our fight of virus and I want to thank them for their contributions.”

The Ambassador said the Chinese People’s Liberation Army attaches great importance to the cooperation with Republic of Sierra Leonean Armed Forces.

 “On July 2016, a team of 10 medical experts led by Dr. Jiang Tianjun from the PLA 302 hospital and Chinese military medical institution arrived in Sierra Leone.In the past year, they have done a lot of important medical work together with the medical staffs of 34 military hospital of RSLAF. The Mobile Electronic Surveillance System for Infectious Diseases (MESSID) they have established is the first Modern infectious disease prevention and control system in Sierra Lone.”

The Minister of Health II Zuliatu Cooper said the Chinese Medical Team (CMT) first commenced work in Sierra Leone in 1973 and continued to work until in 1993 and during this period, the CMT worked across the country.

“The Chinese Medical Team resumed operations in Sierra Leone in 2003 after a protocol was signed between the Government of Sierra Leone and P R China and the team was attached to the Kingharman Road Government Hospital. The period of work for a particular batch of CMT was two years.”

Madam Cooper thanks the Ambassador and all the teams for their relentless effort to develop the country’s health system and said he look forward to the new at the Jui hospital to continue where the 18th medical team left.

Minister of State II in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Isata Kabia, said she was very happy for everything the Chinese military team has done in Sierra Leone and hopes that more and more medical teams will visit Sierra Leone and help to develop the country’s health system.

Brigadier Foday Sahr, who is the head of the 34 Military hospital, also commended first military medical team to the hospital and said what they have done in the hospital is highly recommended.

“I hope we will continue to keep in touch and will make the hospital better.

Staff of the Jui hospital presented gifts to the departing 18th medical team and likewise Brigadier Foday Sahr and his military team also presented gifts to the 10 officers from 302 hospital in Beijing.

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