BEIJING, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- A monitoring system for infectious diseases in Sierra Leone has been completed by medical panels from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China.
As of the end of August, the system had been running smoothly for a year, the end of the trial period, said Zhang Shitao, president of the academy of military medical sciences of the PLA.
Based on the 22 monitoring stations set up by the Sierra Leonean army, the system has handled over 8,000 cases since it began operations last August, monitoring more than 30 diseases and 40 symptoms.
The system provides the Sierra Leone with direct, real-time monitoring and early warnings.
It also supports China's ability to react to imported infectious diseases and international public health incidents, he added.
Since June 2016, the PLA has sent two military medical panels to Sierra Leone, where they worked with the local military on the monitoring system and training of local professionals.