Learning from China’s experiences and strategies

Uggah (third from right) receiving the contribution of face masks and other items from Dr Li (third from left) and Cheng (second from left) during the courtesy call.

KUCHING: Sarawak is closely observing and learning from China’s experience in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

In particular, he said the state hoped to learn from the sharing of experiences and strategies by a team of medical experts from China during their visit to Kuching.“We are grateful to China and the Federal Government for sending the team here. In Malaysia, including Sarawak, we have dedicated teams spearheading the fight.

“We are indeed travelling along a road that none of us have travelled on before, so there is no experience or guidelines to go by, ” he said when receiving a courtesy call by the China experts on behalf of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg here yesterday.

The eight-member team was led by the vice-president of the Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Dr Li Jun.

Uggah said it was a privilege to have the experts come to the state.

“We hope they have observed what we have done and give us a critical analysis of our strategies and approaches, what we have done right or wrong.

“But most importantly, we hope they can share with us their experiences and strategies, ” he said.

Chinese consul-general in Kuching Cheng Guangzhong, who was also present, noted that China had a cordial relationship with Malaysia and Sarawak.

“We come to assist in this critical situation. It is important that China and Malaysia cooperate and help each other, ” he said.

Cheng also said the medical experts had visited various health facilities, including the Sarawak General Hospital, during their three-day trip here.

“They came to see how China can assist the management in helping Covid-19 patients to recover. The strategies here are different but the results have been good.

“Your healthcare workers and other frontliners have worked very hard, ” he said.

At the courtesy call, Dr Li and Cheng handed over 10,000 N95 face masks, 10,000 surgical masks, 10,000 nursing masks and 2,500 protective goggles to the state.

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