President Adama Barrow today received in audience the Chinese Ambassador, H.E Ma Jianchun along with a team of Chinese medical experts; who was accompanied to the Presidency by the Minister of Health Dr Ahmadou Samateh.
The team was at the Presidency to update the President on its role in consolidating The Gambia’s gains in the fight against Covid19, and to ensure public safety in the pandemic as well present medicine and medical equipment for Epidemic Control.
For the past three months, the Chinese team trained frontline health workers in Coivid19 prevention, diagnosis, and prevention of infections in medical institutions. They also provided guidance and treatment for the patients in critical conditions.
In his statement, President Barrow commended China for supporting his government since he assumes leadership four years ago, adding his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, has fulfilled all the pledges he made to his government.
He thanked Ambassador Ma who he described as a true friend of The Gambia, for the support provided in the fight against the pandemic. He assured the team of the Gambia’s commitment to diplomatic relations with China.
The Chinese Ambassador, H.E Ma Jianchun described Gambia’s relation with China as ‘strong’ since the inception and has witnessed robust collaborations in the different areas, including public health situations.
According to him, the medical team was dispatched on the request of the Ministry of health to combat the virus, and is the first time such a team stays overseas for three months. He added that China stands with The Gambia in the bid to prevail over Covid19, and improve public health services.
For his part, the Minister of Health Dr Ahmadou Samateh said the visit to the Presidency signifies the importance attached to The Gambia’s relation with The People’s Republic of China.
He applauded Ambassador Ma for leading efforts in curbing the pandemic since it was first declared. He noted his support in providing the country with medical supplies and personnel to ensure public safety during the pandemic.