Chinese medical experts arrive in PH

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    Chinese medical experts arrive. (Photo from DFA Secretary Teddy Locsin's Twitter feed)

    CHINESE medical experts who are expected to assist the Philippines in efforts to contain the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) arrived in the country on Sunday.

    The team is composed of 10 medical experts from several hospitals at the forefront of Beijing’s efforts to fight the virus which originated in China’s Wuhan City in Hubei province, and two officials who head the delegation.

    The team members are from the First Affiliated Hospital of the Fujian Medical University, Fujian Provincial Hospital, Fujian People’s Hospital affiliated with the Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the Fujian Provincial Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

    “I hope the arrival of this team will help the Philippines to improve its ability of epidemic prevention and control as well as diagnosis and treatment, so as to boost the confidence of the public in overcoming COVID-19,” Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said.

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. Said, “The Chinese experts arrived with invaluable firsthand experiences to share in fighting and containing COVID-19.Thank you China.”

    Earlier, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said the team which was requested by the Philippine government will provide technical guidance in epidemic prevention and control, among others.

    “They are good both at Chinese traditional medicine and Western medicine involving COVID-19 treatment, testing, disease control and other aspects and will practically share the China experience in the fight against COVID-19,” the embassy has said.

    Locsin said he received another batch of donations from the Chinese government consisting of ventilators, personal protective equipment and face masks.

    The embassy said the donation consists of 300,000 surgical masks, 30,000 N95 masks, 5,000 medical protective suits, 5,000 medical face shields, and 30 non-invasive ventilators.

    Earlier, Beijing also donated 100,000 face masks and the same number of testing kits and 10,000 N95 masks for the use of medical personnel.