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China offers new anti-Ebola aid to West Africa
China will provide 500 million RMB (about 82 million U.S dollars) in aid to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and international organizations to fight Ebola, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
"China will offer aid in cash and in kind, send more health experts and medical staff and help build a treatment center in Liberia," Xi said when meeting with visiting President of Tanzania Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
Xi said China is willing to work with the international community to help the affected countries win the fight against Ebola at an early date.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has continued to spread, threatening the lives of African people, their economic and social development as well as global public health, the president noted.
China knows how the affected countries suffer and has taken the lead to provide three rounds of assistance to them. "A friend in need is a friend in deed", Xi said.
Since the Ebola outbreak in February, China has delivered humanitarian aid swiftly, offering multiple batches of emergency assistance and dispatching nearly 200 experts and workers to the affected areas to help with prevention and control.
In August, China delivered aid worth 30 million yuan (about 5 million U.S. dollars) to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
A month later, the Chinese government announced another batch of cash, food and material aid and donated 2 million U.S. dollars in cash to the World Health Organization and the African Union.
China's mobile laboratory in Sierra Leone has tested more than 500 Ebola samples with 100 percent accuracy. Local health authorities said the data played an important role in assisting the government of Sierra Leone in handling the emergency.
[Source: Xinhua, Beijing, 24Oct14]
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