China to submit reports on COVID-19 to Bangladesh within week

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DHAKA, June 21, 2020 (BSS) – China will submit four specific reports, made by visiting Chinese medical experts’ team, to Bangladesh within a week with recommendations on how Bangladesh can better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic situation here.

The visiting Chinese medical team, scheduled to leave tomorrow after their two-week visit here, has already prepared the reports and those will be handed over to the Bangladesh health ministry through Chinese Embassy here after finalization within a week.

This was revealed today by Minister Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka Hualong Yan during an online briefing for members of Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB).

Earlier, Dr Shuming Xianyu, member of the expert team, briefed about their visit here as well as made a presentation on precautionary measures over COVID-19 where she said masks should not be reused and PPE not be used outside.

Yan said the Chinese experts found situation totally different in Bangladesh compared to China and the they suggested ways in their reports that suit with the situation of Bangladesh.

They identified lack of public awareness as one of the problems here while highly appreciated Bangladesh’s doctors and health workers terming them as very hard working, said Yan who accompanied the team during all the meetings.

Replying a query, he said it is difficult to assume whether peak is arrived in Bangladesh or not as only researchers can say how long the virus will last here.

Mentioning that so far five COVID-19 vaccine candidates have been approved for clinical trials, the Chinese diplomate said that Bangladesh would get access to the Chinese vaccine right away whenever it is successfully ready to apply to masses.

Cooperation is very important bilaterally and multilaterally in combating this pandemic, the Deputy Chief Chinese mission here said.

At the beginning, DCAB President Angur Nahar Monty also delivered her remarks.

On June 8, the Chinese expert doctors – six males and four females – with the experience of containing pandemic in China were selected by the Hainan Provincial Health Commission, arrived here for two weeks to help Bangladeshi physicians combating COVID-19 pandemic.

The team, the first ever any overseas expert medical team helping Bangladesh doctors since the outbreak of the pandemic, arranged by Chinese National Health Commission, visited DGHS, IEDCR, designated hospitals, quarantine and testing centres and discussed the epidemics with Bangladeshi counterparts and make calibrated propositions for containment and treatment.

On May 20, Chinese President Xi Jinping called Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and proposed sending an expert team to help Bangladesh combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.