China to dispatch medical team to help PH combat Covid-19

Photo from Chinese Embassy Manila Twitter

CHINESE Ambassador Huang Xilian on Monday, March 30, said his government has heeded the Philippines’ request and will dispatch a medical team that will help combat the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.

In a series of posts on its official Twitter account, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said Huang relayed the information to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in a telephone conversation Monday.

“The main task of the medical expert team is to help the Philippines fight against COVID-19, by providing technical advice on epidemic prevention and control as well as sharing medical treatment experience,” the embassy said.

Huang also expressed appreciation for the preparations made by Duque and the Department of Health (DOH).

He vowed to continue to work closely with DOH in making arrangements for the medical expert team.

The embassy said Duque expressed gratitude for “China’s support for the Philippines in battling the epidemic and looked forward to the arrival of the Chinese medical expert team.”

Covid-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, or Sars-CoV-2. The first case was reported in Wuhan City in central China.

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China have been improving steadily under the Duterte administration, given President Rodrigo Duterte’s foreign policy that leans towards China. (MVI/SunStar Philippines)


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