By: Angelina Nuah
The Government of the Peoples’ Republic of China has promised to launch a Clinical Reference Lab in Liberia.
The lab will cost more than 20 million United States dollars and will be an addition to the 14 Military Hospital in Margibi County.
Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Ren Yishang, made this promise during the completion of the turning over of three million United States Dollars’ worth of drugs and equipment to the Ministry of National Defense for use by the 14 Military Hospital, located in Margibi County.
Speaking during the turning-over ceremony at the 14 Military Hospitals, Ambassador Yishang emphasized that the Chinese Government and people sincerely hope to see an era of peace and prosperity in Liberia.
He indicated that “During the past decade, we brought to Liberia a total number of 10,297 soldiers, 129 military observers and staff officers, and 750 civil policemen to Liberia for peacekeeping operations.”
He pledged the Chinese Government’s unflinching 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.
“Beyond this, we will try to help Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) with its overall development by providing more support, including doctors, nurses training and equipment in order to further enhance the already existing traditional friendship and cooperation between China and Liberia.” Mr. Ren added.
The Chinese Ambassador also applauded the professional efforts of the AFL personnel during the COVID-`9 lockdown stressing the men and women of the AFL has really been professional to protecting and serving the people of Liberia.
“ They have been doing good job in Mali peace-keeping mission; they have sacrificed a lot when executing the lockdown order from the Commander-in-Chief , H.E. George M. Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia,” he stressed.
Receiving the final donation, Deputy Defense Minister for Administration, Honorable Tibli Olandrus Dickson, on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of the AFL, President George M. Weah, thanked the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of China for its continued support to the AFL and Liberia in general.
Mr. Dickson further assured the Chinese Government through its Ambassador that the supplied will be used for the intended purpose.
The batch of medical aid which reflects China’s sincere help to the AFL and the Liberian people included Medical Devices, Laboratory equipment, Emergency Department Equipment, Obstetrics Equipment, Surgical Instruments, and Outpatient Equipment.