Chinese Ebola Medical Team Arrives in Liberia
A Chinese medical team comprising 160 military officers have arrived in Liberia to operate Ebola Treatment Units built at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex by their government as part of its contribution to tackling the Ebola disease, which has claimed over 5,000 lives in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The 160 medical staffers include medics, experts, epidemiologists, doctors, nurses, engineers and technicians, and are the first batch of the total of 500 medical staffers, who are the elite medical squad of the People’s Liberation Army of China.
The team, according to their head, Wang Yungui, are trained and well acquainted with the Ebola virus and have participated in some rescue missions around the world.
Speaking to reporters during the welcoming ceremony at the SKD Sports Complex over the weekend, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, said the 500 medical staff will arrive in the country in three batches.
Amb. Zhang: “We are building ETUs that will be operated and managed by China. They are solid and not mere tents as you can see, and we will use them to treat other diseases in the future even if Ebola is eradicated from here in Liberia.”