Fruitful dialogue session


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

Prof Taufiq (left) welcoming the team of medical experts from China.

KOTA KINABALU: China’s medical experts on Covid-19 shared their experiences with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) medical teachers during a 80-minute dialogue that discussed various approaches and treatments in handling the pandemic.

The eight medical experts led by Prof Dr Li Jun, vice-president of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine spoke about their experience with Covid-19 and effective treatment methods.

The experts, who were sent by the China national health commission to Malaysia, were on their last leg of their visit to the country.

They were welcomed by UMS vice-chancellor Prof Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin for the session.

Various questions were brought up to the Chinese experts on their experiences in dealing with the outbreak of the virus and management of Covid-19 positive patients.

Some of the issues raised include the use of traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) such as herbs in treating such cases.

According to Prof Li, during the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan, a TCM team was deployed to treat patients and had some success.

“The essential observation showed that none of the Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms got worse after receiving TCM treatment,” he explained.

Associate chief technician in Virology, Dr Sun Jiufeng recommended the use of reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in conducting diagnostic tests on Covid-19 samples because it was the only reliable current test to determine if the patient was positive.

However, he said they also did virus culture and gene sequencing for viruses to determine if the patient was positive for Covid-19.

“Both of these alternative methods are not widely used because they require very selective conditions before tests can be conducted, and these methods are more focused towards research,” said Dr Sun, who is also the deputy director of the Provincial Public Health Institute, Guangdong Provincial Disease Control and Prevention Centre.

UMS Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences dean, Prof Dr Mohammad Saffree Jeffree thanked the China experts and said the dialogue session was valuable and benefitted the university’s medical lecturers on the treatment and management of Covid-19.
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