Medical professionals from China arrive in M'sia to share expertise in fighting Covid-19

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  • Saturday, 18 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: Eight medical professionals from China have arrived in Kuala Lumpur and will be staying tentatively for two weeks to share their expertise in battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

China's ambassador to Malaysia, Bai Tian said the expert team was organised by the National Health Commission of China and made up of eight individuals selected by the Guangdong Province health commission.

"They are specialised in different fields such as respirology, intensive care, psychiatry, infectious diseases, data analysis, virology and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

"Some of them had joined the fight against Covid-19 in Hubei Province," Bai Tian said on the Chinese Embassy's Facebook page on Saturday (April 18).

The medical professionals were welcomed by Bai Tian as well as representatives from the Health Ministry when they arrived at the KL International Airport (KLIA) at noon Saturday.

"The team will be in Malaysia for two weeks tentatively, during which they will also make a trip to Sabah and Sarawak to share their expertise.

"The Health Ministry and medical staff from all over Malaysia are set to benefit through these exchanges. We have full confidence in Malaysia’s fight against Covid-19 and we hope Malaysia will win the fight very soon," Bai Tian said.

Bai Tian noted that the team's arrival symbolised the great friendship between Malaysia and China, adding that the government and various entities in Malaysia have provided support to China in combating the pandemic since its outbreak.

"The virus knows no borders, making this a common battle for all humankind. We need to be united to combat the virus effectively. The Covid-19 situation in China is now under control.

"China has since provided support to countries all over the world, including Malaysia by sharing their experiences, providing supplies and other assistance," he said.

The team, led by Dr Li Jun, chief physician of the Integrated Chinese and Western Emergency Medicine and vice-president of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, said he felt touched by Malaysia's warm welcome.

"We’ve come here in the spirit of China’s hospitality towards Malaysia. We will make full use of our time in Malaysia and do what we can to assist Malaysia in fighting Covid-19 together," he said.

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