China awards model Ebola fighters
China has on Wednesday in Beijing, held a ceremony to award individuals and groups for their outstanding work in fighting against Ebola both at home and in African countries.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, sent a letter expressing appreciation of the noble spirit of Chinese workers who offered medical aid to Ebola-stricken African countries and helped control the epidemic.
He said China’s all-out efforts in helping Ebola-inflicted African countries demonstrated China’s image as a responsible country and significantly fortified and developed the Sino-African friendship.
The president praised domestic authorities and workers for their timely response and effective prevention of imported cases of the virus in China.
Xi called on government agencies, military units and other relevant parties to prioritise the health and security of the public.
He challenged them to make concrete efforts in epidemic disease prevention, control and public health emergency response to contribute to building a healthy China.
Vice Premier Liu Yandong, said at the ceremony that fighting the Ebola epidemic had been a huge test for China’s ability to respond to health emergencies.
He said the country’s performance has displayed the nation’s good virtue.
Yandong said China has delivered more than 117 million dollars, worth of humanitarian aid.
He added that it also sent hundreds of medical workers to the front line in Ebola-stricken West Africa after the outbreak of the deadly virus in 2014.
A total of 280 individuals and 60 groups were awarded at the ceremony.