Sierra Leone Parliament Sympathizes with China on Coronavirus
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 4th February, 2020 expressed deep sympathy in Freetown to the People Republic of China on the deadly Corona Virus which has claimed lives of hundreds of their citizens.
Speaking in the House of Parliament, the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) Acting Leader, Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo intimated that the Government of Sierra Leone has taken into deep sorrow over the ravaging killer disease which has taken over the country.
The legislator described the Corona Virus as serious issue not only for China but also for Sierra Leone and the world at large and emphasized that millions of people have already affected, while thousands of Chinese citizens have been deported from countries around the world to their country of origin as a result of the plague.
He admonished Sierra Leoneans to practice any necessary preventive measures like hand washing to protect them from contacting the ailment. He stated that China have been great friends to Sierra Leone for decades and recalled that China played great role when the country was stroked by the dreadful Ebola Virus.
The law maker maintained that China did not only sent their soldiers but they also sent medical professionals who aided the process of eradicating the virus.
“As a country we are praying in our different faiths for the people of China to quickly contain the epidemic,” he told audience and emphasized on the humanly relationship China has demonstrated to Sierra Leone in terms of awarding scholarships for Sierra Leonean students to study in China on various sectors.
The legislator recalled that it was the Sierra Leone Parliament that moved the motion for China to be part of the United Nation (UN). He wished the President of China Xi-Jing Pin wisdom to quickly put the epidemic on their backs.
The Acting Leader of Government Business, Hon. Mathew Nyuma thanked the opposition leader for standing firm in sympathizing with the Chinese people, adding that they as a Government, they have nothing to give China but would together pray as a nation for the infectious disease to be quickly contained. He discussed that China is very helpful to the Government of Sierra Leone.
Hon. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (KKY) of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) also joined to sympathize with the people of China and spoke on the need to heighten the use of thermometer for temperature check especially at the Lungi International Airport and border entry points.
In his presentation, the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu also recalled that China was very sympathetic with Sierra Leone when the Ebola Virus Disease ravaged the country and concluded that he stands with his people to pray for China for the epidemic to be a thing of the past.
By Amira Tatayea Bangura
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