China and Sierra Leone have signed an agreement on medical aid for maternal health care as well as eye surgery.

The agreement was signed here over the weekend by Dr. Abu Bakar Fofanah, Sierra Leone's Minister of Health, and the Chinese ambassador to the West African nation, Zhao Yanbo.

During the signing ceremony, Zhao said that during the Ebola outbreak, they realized that Sierra Leone did not have enough doctors working for the Chinese-built Jui hospital on the outskirts of the capital city, Freetown.

He said that now the Ebola outbreak was over, but the problem of shortage of doctors was still existing in the country.

For this reason, China has decided to provide medical aid in maternal health care and eye surgery to Sierra Leone, he said, adding that the medical equipment would be left for the Health Ministry after the Chinese doctors leave the country.

Since 1973, China has been sending medical personnel and supplies to Sierra Leone.

"We are grateful for all the assistance the government and people of Sierra Leone received," said Dr Fofanah, adding that the country was looking forward to working with Chinese doctors and providing better healthcare to the people.


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