His Excellency Ma Jianchun, the ambassador of
the People’s Republic of China to The Gambia has said that the Chinese
government considers the health of foreigners, including Gambians, living in
China, as equally important as that of Chinese citizens.
Ambassador Jianchun made these remarks on
Monday at a press conference held at the Chinese Embassy in Bilijo in an effort
to update the media on developments of the outbreak of the novel
He also gave information on coordination and
cooperation between China and The Gambia on jointly preventing the outbreak in
He highlighted that active measures have been
taken to prevent foreigners living in China from infection, and enormous
efforts have been made to meet their basic life needs during this trying period.
He expressed sadness for those who lost their
lives due to infection, and shared the grief of their families and friends.
He also expressed optimism that they are
already on the winning side, as positive developments have been taking place.
“I believe we are not far from the end of the
struggle. We are not far from victory,” he stated.
He noted that in the past month, they had
worked closely with the Gambian government and its development partners to
prevent an outbreak and ensure the health of Gambians at home.
He added that to complement Gambia
government’s efforts in preventing COVID-19 and in strengthening the public
health system, they prepared a batch of medical equipment and supplies granted
by the Chinese
“To our relief, as of today, no Gambian
national has been infected. And the Gambian government followed
He remarked that, “the COVID-19 is not yet
considered a “pandemic” by the WHO; it is not an “incurable” disease, and it is
not difficult to prevent especially for countries and regions far away from the
epicenter, as long as basic preventive measures are taken”.