The Chinese government has turned over a huge consignment of drugs and medical equipment worth more than US$3 million to the Ministry of National Defense for use by the 14 military hospital, a press statement from the Defence Ministry has said.
The donation to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) consists of two Intensive Care Unit ambulances, medical devices, laboratory equipment, emergency department equipment, obstetrics equipment, surgical equipment and outpatient equipment.
Senior Colonel Ham Xiao, a representative of the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia, lauded the government of Liberia for being farsighted in constructing the military hospital for use by the Liberian military and other sector of the Liberian society. He recounted the strong relationship subsisting between Liberia and china, adding that his country was pleased to identify with the people of Liberia during this difficult period.
Senior Colonel Xiao said amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Government has put people’s life and health first, including foreign friends who are currently studying or working in China.
“Through hard work and painful sacrifice, the Chinese people have basically controlled the spread of the virus in China and also have guaranteed the safety of the AFL soldiers who now study in China.”
He pledged the Chinese Government support and assistance to the professional development of the AFL, which he believes will enhance the already existing traditional friendship and cooperation between China and Liberia. He further stated that his government will provide more study opportunities to the AFL in the field of medicine.
Receiving the donation, the Minister of National Defense, Major General, Daniel D. Ziankahn Jr.,(Rtd) on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of the AFL, President George M. Weah, thanked the Government of the Chinese government for its continuous support to the AFL and Liberia in general.
He further assured the Chinese Government through its representative that the supplies will be used for the intended purpose.