The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Freetown has provided 30 spaces to Doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to travel to China for a training course in malaria control. The training is schedule to take place at the Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China between 16 August and 4 September 2017.
During a ceremony held at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation conference room on Monday 14 August 2017, Dr. Sarah Kamara, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer said that malaria is a serious health concern and as former head of the malaria control program in the Ministry, she was happy that the Embassy has provided a training course that is designed specifically for Sierra Leone. She also talked about the different case management approaches and combination therapies used to treat malaria. She stressed the importance of the course to the participants.
Dr. Sarah Kamara concluded by thanking the Economic and Commercial Counselor, Shen Xiaokai for the Embassy’s continued support.
During his remarks, Shen Xiaokai, congratulated the 30 participants. He stated that the topic of the seminar was tailored specifically for Sierra Leone as a means of China’s support in the fight to eradicate malaria. He reiterated the Embassy’s commitment to work even closer with the Ministry in capacity building, and promised to provide 100 spaces for short term training courses and seminars for doctors and nurses. He concluded by handing over 30 flight tickets to Dr. Sarah Kamara for onward distribution to the participants.
William Tilima Pessima, one of the healthcare workers, gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the participants. He thanked the Economic Counsellor for providing the opportunity for them, and promised that they team will work hard during the training in China.