China sends more medical experts to high-risk countries

27 March 2020

In a bid to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, China is sending more medical experts to high-risk countries across the world.

The Chinese government has announced assistance to 82 countries, the World Health Organization and the African Union, including test kits, masks, and protective suits.

A team of 14 medical experts from southeast China's Fujian Province departed on a chartered flight to Italy on Wednesday morning to aid the European country's fight against the pandemic. The team consists of experts from several hospitals and the center for disease control and prevention (CDC) of Fujian, as well as an epidemiologist from the national CDC and a pulmonologist from Anhui Province.

China has sent two medical teams with 22 people and over 20 tons of medical supplies to Italy. The experts specialize in respiratory, intensive care, infectious disease, hospital infection control, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and nursing.

Ma Su Thet Hmue from China Media Group, CRI (Myanmar Department) "Medical experts from China have been sent to help countries such as Serbia, Iran, Iraq, and Italy. They are assisting the fight of the virus in those areas. According to data, China is providing medical experts to 82 countries, the World Health Organization and the African Union. Test kits, masks, and protective suits have been sent to those. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that countries should learn from China's measures in fighting against the virus. I believe that China will be able to share useful experience and knowledge in containment and prevention to other countries."

 The medical experts sent to Italy will share experience in COVID-19 containment with local hospitals and experts, provide consultation services for Chinese communities and Chinese students studying in Italy, and offer them protective supplies and traditional Chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese medicine is found to be effective in treating the virus and its success has been widely mentioned in media.

"China is utilizing the traditional Chinese medicine to the treatment plan. Anyway, for the time being, we don't have the cure and the vaccine yet. No country in the world is capable of developing the cure yet. The medicine available can only slightly mitigate the disease. And those medicines even are not abundantly available. At this point, giving traditional medicine to treat the virus is an option. The experts used traditional Chinese medicine in containing the virus and good results have been reported. If we can develop the medicine against the virus, it would be of great help for the world.

Experts have attributed the outbreak to a novel coronavirus. Confirmed cases now exceed 460,000 globally. China: 81,898 confirmed cases (including 474 originating from abroad); 3,287 deaths (including four in Hong Kong and two in Taiwan); 73,795 recovered.

 Wuhan will lift outbound travel restrictions starting 8 April after over two months on lockdown. Other areas in Hubei Province allowed for the resumption of travel starting March 25. UK royal infection: The UK's Prince Charles has tested positive for the coronavirus. In the U.S., the White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties agreed to a two trillion dollar emergency stimulus bill. Spain ranks third in the world in terms of coronavirus deaths – 3,434. 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been postponed until 2021 because of the pandemic.

Arker Kyaw
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