Chinese health experts wrap up visit

Meeting of minds: Chinese health experts at a dialogue with Universiti Malaysia Sabah during their visit to Kota Kinabalu.

KUALA LUMPUR: A team of eight health experts sent by the China government wrapped up their two-week working visit to Malaysia during which they shared China’s experiences in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in a gesture of solidarity and friendship between the two countries.

The team was seen off yesterday at the KL International Airport by China’s Ambassador Bai Tian and representatives from Malaysia’s Health Ministry, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The team was put together by China’s National Health Commission and selected by the health commission of Guangdong province.

They comprised eight health experts in various fields such as infectious disease, respiratory, intensive care, microbiology/virology, nosocomial infection and traditional Chinese medicine.

During the two-week stay in Malaysia, they shared China’s measures and experiences related to fighting Covid-19, based on their respective areas of expertise, said Li Jun, head of the China’s anti-Covid-19 medical consultant team.

According to Malaysia’s Health Ministry, the team visited 13 medical institutes, public universities and research facilities in and around Kuala Lumpur as well as in Sarawak and Sabah.

A total of 15 teleconferences were held throughout their visit.

“We wanted to share with our Malaysian friends on what China has experienced and what we have done in Guangdong province to fight the pandemic.

“We wanted to share without reservation in the hope that they could apply what is suitable for them, ” Li told reporters before leaving Malaysia, noting that, “I think we have achieved that goal”.

Xinhua also reported that at the end of their stay, the expert team held a wrap-up meeting with the Malaysian Health Ministry, in which they spoke positively of Malaysia’s measures undertaken in addressing the pandemic and treating the patients.

“Malaysia’s fight against Covid-19 has been conducted in an orderly manner, ” said Li.

At the meeting, the experts also provided advice on ways to prevent a rebound of cases, safeguard medical personnel and on test procedures, among others.

Following the meeting, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said Malaysia gained valuable insight into handling the outbreak from the experiences shared by the experts.

“The shared experiences and knowledge gained from the multiple engagements with the medical experts have been invaluable, and provided the Health Ministry a better understanding of the Covid-19 pandemic, ” he said.

He added that the visit had been a testament to the close relationship between the two countries and Malaysia looked forward to furthering collaboration with China for the benefit of the community in both countries.

Malaysian officials said they were looking at further cooperation with China in fighting the pandemic, including the development of a vaccine.

Li and his team are also looking forward to working with their Malaysian counterparts on medical, technical and research cooperation in the future.

Due to their busy schedule and the Malaysian government’s restrictive measures to contain the outbreak, the team did not have many interactions with Malaysians but they said they could all feel the hospitality of the local people.

Li recalled ordinary people showing thumbs up and saying thank you on several occasions during their visit.

“Some would say ‘xie xie’, while some would gesture to us, and we would wave back, ” he said.

The experts said they were impressed by the professionalism and dedication of their Malaysian counterparts, adding that they believed that international cooperation was essential to win the fight against the pandemic.

“We must work together to fight this infectious disease. A country is safe only when every other country is safe, ” said Li.

The experts said they hoped their experiences could help Malaysia’s fight against the outbreak and that their visit would contribute to the friendship between China and Malaysia.

“I can say that our working visit is not only a trip to share experience, but also a trip of friendship to contribute to the deepening of the friendship between China and Malaysia, ” said Li.

His view was echoed by Liu Xiangxin, the psychology expert in the team.

“With the friendship and solidarity between China and Malaysia, we will win the fight against the pandemic together, ” he said. — Bernama

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