The first part of the emergency aid provided by the Chinese government to fight the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was shipped on Aug 26, Tu Wentao, charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in the DR Congo, and Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the Ebola expert group leader and the inter-departmental committee coordinator of the DR Congo, announced to the media.
On Aug 28, the first aid materials arrived at the Kinshasa International Airport. Officials of China and the DR Congo attended the handover ceremony.
Tu said that since the Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo, the Chinese government has provided money and material assistance through bilateral and multilateral channels. In the fight against the Ebola epidemic, the Chinese people will always stand with the Congolese people.
Xu Yuanjie, economic and commercial counselor of the Chinese Embassy in the DR Congo, said that this emergency assistance fully reflects the firm determination of the Chinese government and people to help the Congolese government and people overcome the Ebola epidemic. All materials will be transported in three air shipments, with the second and third to arrive within two weeks.
Professor Muyembe expressed sincere gratitude to China for providing selfless assistance to the DR Congo at an important moment in the fight against Ebola. He promised that the aid materials will be properly used and called on the people to unite and fight against the Ebola epidemic.
Mainstream media in the country such as National TV, Be-one TV and Digital Congo, as well as online media such as Média Congo, 7 sur 7, Radio Okapi, and Actualité.cd reported the event.