Sino-Pak liaison on COVID-19 is vital: president Alvi

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – June 4, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The president Arif Alvi, Wednesday, said that Pakistan and China need to enhance cooperation in the field of medicines, particularly infectious diseases, underlined the need for coordinated efforts, both at regional and global levels, to effectively deal with pandemics like COVID-19 (coronavirus).

According to an official statement, he expressed these views while talking to a 10 member delegation of medical experts of the Chinese people’s liberation army (PLA), led by major general Feihu Zhou, which called on him in the federal capital.

Appreciating Chinese contribution to support Pakistan in this hour of need, the president expressed his gratitude to the people and leadership of China for sending donation and medical team to assist Pakistan’s medical experts.

The president said he was immensely impressed by the efforts made by the Chinese leadership to successfully contain coronavirus.

He said the credit, in this regard, goes to both Chinese president Xi Jinping and Chinese premier Li Keqiang who personally visited Wuhan and oversaw the massive efforts aimed at controlling and preventing coronavirus.

He expressed the hope that the visit of Chinese medical team to Pakistan will further strengthen bilateral relations between the two all-weather friends.

The Chinese PLA major general Zhou gave a comprehensive presentation about various strategies to deal with COVID-19 pandemic.

He informed that the Chinese medical team visited local medical facilities and shared its experience and expertise with Pakistan’s health experts on COVID-19.

It is worth-mentioning that the Chinese medical team arrived in Pakistan in the last week of April 2020 and is sharing its experiences with Pakistani doctors on COVID-19.

The team deals with respiratory and infectious diseases as well as prevention of epidemics.

The meeting was also attended by the special assistant to prime minister (SAPM) on health services Zafar Mirza, prime minister’s focal person on COVID-19 Faisal Sultan and the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing.