Date
18 October 2017
Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhang Yue present emergency relief supplies to the country's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Monrovia last week. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhang Yue present emergency relief supplies to the country's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Monrovia last week. Photo: Xinhua

Ebola outbreak interrupts Chinese companies in Liberia

The Ebola outbreak in Liberia has affected the operations of Chinese companies in the West African country, but some 1,500 Chinese workers in the country remain safe and the risk is still controllable, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday, citing a Chinese diplomat.

Medical institutions and healthcare facilities in the country are facing a crisis because many international organizations have withdrawn their medical staff and there has been a heavy loss of local medics, Chinese commercial counsellor Xiao Mingxiang was quoted as saying.

But Chinese employees face little threat as their companies have instituted strict measures to protect staff from the deadly virus. In fact, staff face more risk from tropical diseases such as malaria and typhoid, Xiao said.

He noted, however, that the security situation in Liberia has worsened. The capital Monrovia faces shortage of supplies, and many drugstores have been looted. Some 

Foreign workers who want to go home find it hard to secure tickets because many international flights have been suspended, he added.

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