China medical professionals not here to treat Covid-19 patients, but to share experiences, says Health DG

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  • Sunday, 19 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: The team of medical professionals from China (pic) will not be treating Covid-19 patients in Malaysia, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the medical professionals from China would be sharing their experiences of Covid-19 treatment and research.

“(They will be sharing) not just their positive experiences, but also perhaps issues where they have been unsuccessful.

“We also want to learn things, for example, which they have been unsuccessful in so that we do not repeat the same mistakes,” he said during his daily press briefing on Sunday (April 19).

Dr Noor Hisham was responding to a question on the credibility of Chinese medical professionals, as China has been accused of not reporting the true situation in its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On April 17, China raised its estimates of the death toll in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, by 50%. It has denied covering up the extent of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Dr Noor Hisham added that discussions and exchanges of information – on issues such as treatment of patients in the wards and intensive care units, and technical application of antigens or antibodies – were important.

“They are here not to help us treat patients. This is a new virus. So, each side does not have the experience, but what they have is the experience on successful or unsuccessful methods. Both are important to us.

“If they are successful, we can use their methods, but if their methods are unsuccessful, we learn from them and make sure that we don't repeat these methods,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said it was important to have discussions with the Chinese medical professionals to increase our knowledge to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that currently, not much was known about the virus.

“What is sure is that they have the experience, as they have been fighting the virus for two months in Hubei, China. That experience is important, whether positive or negative,” he said.

The team of medical professionals from China arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (April 18) and will be assisting the country in fighting Covid-19 for the next two weeks.

The team was organised by the National Health Commission of China, comprising eight experts selected by the Health Commission of Guangdong province.
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