Chinese Gov’t donates Remote Pathological Diagnosis Platform and Medical Supplies to MOHS

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The Chinese Government has donated a Remote Pathological Diagnosis Platform and Medical Supplies to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at a ceremony held on Tuesday January 15, 2019 at the Sierra Leone-China Friendship Hospital at Jui in the east end of Freetown.
Making the donation, the Chinese Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Mr. Wu Peng expressed said over the past 47 years, China and Sierra Leone have been keeping close cooperation in various fields especially in health.
He said during the period of Ebola, China Medical Team displayed selfless and humanitarian spirit of healing the wounded and rescuing the dying in order to provide timely and effective treatment to patients.
Mr. Wu Peng recalled that as Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward “to build a community of shared future”, cooperation in the field of medical and health between China and Sierra Leone have promoted development of medical and health service in Sierra Leone.
He noted that medicines shortage and poor equipment have been bottlenecks that restricted sustainable development in the Sierra Leone-China Friendship Hospital for some time. He added that the Ministry of Health put forward requests for support on medicines and medical equipment, and as a quick response the Chinese government donated regular medicines and medical equipment every year to the hospital with a view to improving the conditions of the hospital and improving the patients with comprehensive and accurate treatments.
The Chinese Ambassador reiterated that to better support the development of the hospital and served the patients they are launching the remote pathological diagnosis platform for Jui hospital and deem it as another important step to speed up the development of primary medical in Sierra Leone. He said the platform will not only help expert to diagnosis the patients for guiding the normalized treatment, but carry out early screening of tumor and obtain such data as morbidity rate of tumor at the same time. This, he said will also benefit more accurate diagnosis and standardized treatment to the patients.
He commended the contribution made by colleagues from Hunan Cancer Hospital for establishing the platform and hoped China Medical Team could make full use of the platform together with local experts to improve medical condition of the hospital.
Responding, Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie disclosed that the hospital was as a request made by the Sierra Leone government to the people of China to build the hospital, adding that the hospital is a donation from China and is a Sierra Leone government hospital.
He stated that the intention from the request was it to be the base as a teaching hospital in Sierra Leone, but however because of the difficulty in managing the hospital, the previous government requested the people of China to provide personnel to run the hospital. He said following his visit to Hunan Province in China, discussions have been confirmed that the next two years the hospital will be a core place as teaching hospital.
Dr. Alpha Wurie described the event as a clear cut collaboration with the people of China to support Sierra Leone to be free in terms of health status. He added that they are still at the rudimentary stage as a country in which they look at infectious diseases most of the time and the advent of Ebola suggested that they have a long way to go with regards to infectious diseases.
He reiterated that the launching of the remote pathological diagnosis platform will be the first major concrete platform for E-medicine in Sierra Leone and commended the Chinese government for the support. He added that as a way of treating patients accurately, samples will be taken from them and sent to China and results will come back to Sierra Leone for the medical personnel to treat those patients base on the reports.
The Minister informed all that His Excellency the President, Brig. (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio has re-affirmed his commitment that Sierra Leone should be in a position not only to have its own internal unit but also to open a major diagnostic centre. He said the good news is that the IAEA have approved the full Architectural drawing and this year they will be turning the sod for the construction of a Radio Therapy and a full fledge Diagnostic Centre for the country.
The Vice President of Hunan Cancer Hospital, Mr. Hu Jun said Hunan province has sent a total of 282 experts in 20 batches to Sierra Leone to provide medical service since 1973.
He said in 2017 Hunan Cancer hospital undertook the remote pathology diagnosis platform project among the counterpart hospital cooperation projects of the National Health Commission and Hunan Health Commission, which are aid projects for Sierra Leone.
He said after nearly two years of preparations through various efforts, they are here to witnessing the historical moment of the official launching of the remote pathological diagnosis platform project.
Signing and exchange of the donation certificate and a conducted tour of the Pathological department climaxed the ceremony.
Credit: By PRO Unit – MOHS

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