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China finishes construction of Ebola treatment center in Liberia

Updated: Nov 26,2014 8:14 AM     Xinhua

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visits the Ebola treatment center in Monrovia on Nov 25, 2014. China opened a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia on Nov 25.[Photo/Xinhua]

MONROVIA — The construction of a 100-bed Ebola treatment center in Monrovia funded by the Chinese government was completed on Nov 25.

During the dedication ceremony, Cui Li, the head of the Chinese delegation and vice-minister of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, said her country cherishes the relationship with Liberia and this trend was a driving force for commencing the project which was finished within a month since approved by President Xi Jinping.

She said that three batches of 500 medical staff from China will being working in the center for six months to observe suspected Ebola patients and treat confirmed cases, as well as to provide training to healthcare workers in Liberia.

In remarks, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf lauded China for its extraordinary support to Liberia’s Ebola efforts.

“We reached out to our partners and one of the first to respond was China because China sent an aircraft that brought in some of the first equipment, materials and medicine,” President Sirleaf said.

Since the outbreak, China has sent about 7.5 billion Yuan (about 122 million U.S. dollars) and more than 500 medical staff and public health experts to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa, according to official figures.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks at the opening ceremony of the Ebola treatment center in Monrovia on Nov 25, 2014. China opened a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia on Nov 25.[Photo/Xinhua]

Chinese soldiers stand at attention at the opening ceremony of the Ebola treatment center in Monrovia on Nov 25, 2014. China opened a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia on Nov 25.[Photo/Xinhua]

This photo taken on Nov 25, 2014 shows the Ebola treatment center built by China in Monrovia. China opened a 100-bed Ebola treatment center in Liberia on Nov 25.[Photo/Xinhua]

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