COVID-19: Bangladesh seeks increased support from China with PPE, ventilators
Chinese celebrity doctor Zhang joins videoconference
Publish- April 08, 2020, 03:14 PM
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Update- April 08, 2020, 10:13 PM
Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday sought increased support from China as the number of coronavirus cases is rising in Bangladesh.
He specially mentioned about personal protective equipment and ventilators, saying Bangladesh would be needing more support.
"I hope that the Chinese government will come forward to extend that help," he said while speaking in a videoconference between health professionals from Bangladesh and China.
He also appreciated China's support to Bangladesh to fight against COVID-19 and hoped that the relations between the two countries will be strengthened.
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming laid emphasis on collective efforts saying this virus respects no borders. "We all must work together."
He said a medical team will soon be arriving in Bangladesh to help deal with the current situation.
Ambassador Jiming said he has every confidence that Bangladesh will win in this battle against coronavirus.
"Let me reaffirm that China will continue to stay with Bangladesh in fighting against the COVID-19 and more, and we have every confidence in Bangladesh for winning the battle," he said.
The COVID-19 outbreak is raging across the world to over 170 countries and regions, infecting more than 1 million patients globally.
Ambassador Jiming said though the Bangladeshi government has undertaken a series of resolute, strong and effective measures to curb the disease, the risk of a potential outbreak is still there.
And whenever there’s a public health crisis like this, the medical staff are always the ones at the front line running the biggest risk of infection, he said.
"So it is crucial to get the doctors and nurses informed of the key aspects in the prevention and control of the virus, and prepared for what to look out for in the clinical practice in order to protect not only their own safety but also the whole health system," said the Chinese Ambassador.
Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasised at the recent G20 Leaders’ Summit, the pandemic is a common enemy of all, and it is imperative for the international community to strengthen confidence, act with unity and work together in a collective response so that humanity as one could win the battle against such a major infectious disease.
"This conference is also part of the collective response in fighting against the COVD-19 and an attempt to advance the building of a regional community of common health," said the Ambassador.
Dr Zhang Wenhong, Professor and Head of the Center for Infectious Disease, Huashan Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai, shared his experience about the coronavirus pandemic.
The participants from six different locations exchanged their ideas and laid emphasis on international cooperation.
Dr Zhang shared his experience and laid emphasis on testing of each suspected case, keeping people at home and quarantine are effectively implemented.
As the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine of Fudan University in Shanghai, Dr Zhang is the leader of Shanghai’s Anti-COVID-19 clinical expert team.
He has extensive experience with the diagnosis and treatment of various emerging infectious diseases, according to Chinese Embassy in Dhaka.
Dr Zhang is a graduate of Shanghai Medical University and has held visiting scholar and postdoctoral fellow positions at the Department of Microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, Harvard Medical School and Illinois State University at Chicago.
He has gained tens of millions of followers on social media and been dubbed “Dad Zhang” for his outspoken, down-to-earth talk about the disease.
The 51-year-old first started getting attention at the end of January when he told media he assigned doctors who were Communist Party members to work at a hospital on the front line of the coronavirus outbreak in Shanghai.