Sarawak learning from China experience to combat Covid-19

Cheng (second left) and Dr Li (third left) handing over the PPE donation from China to Uggah witnessed by others.

KUCHING, Apr 28: Sarawak is closely observing, studying and learning what other countries and in particular, China, have done in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Noting that China has been very successful due to the various strategies it had taken, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah expressed gratitude to have the Chinese medical experts here to enhance the state’s containment strategies in combating Covid-19.

“It was a privilege to have the experts coming to the state. We are very grateful to China and the federal government for sending them here.

“In Malaysia including Sarawak, we have dedicated teams spearheading the fight. We are indeed travelling along a road that none of us has travelled before so there is absolutely no experience or guideline to go by,” he said.

Uggah highlighted this when representing Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to receive a courtesy call from the Chinese medical team from Guangdong province led by chief physician and vice president of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Dr Li Jun.

The other members are Dr Wen Miaoyun, Dr Zhang Youping, Dr Liu Tao, Dr Sun Jiufeng, Dr Yang Shifang, Dr Luo Xiaodan and Dr Liu Xiangxin.

Uggah hopes that the Chinese team will provide critical analysis of the state’s strategies and approaches.

“This includes what we have done right or wrong. But most importantly, we hope the team can share with our taskforce their experiences and strategies,” he added.

In his reciprocating speech, the Chinese Consul General in Kuching Cheng Guangzhong pointed out that China had always had a very cordial relationship with Malaysia and Sarawak.

“So we come to assist in this very critical situation. It is very important that China and Malaysia can co-operate fully and help each other,” he said.

On the trip by the experts to Sarawak, Cheng added that the team was here to share their experiences and strategies as they have visited various health facilities in Kuching, including Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) since arrival two days ago.

“We are here to observe and to see how China can help to improve the management in helping Covid-19 patients to recover.

“The strategies here are different but the results have been very good. Your healthcare workers and other frontliners too have worked very hard,” he commended.

On the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), he said the situation was inevitable due to the great demands worldwide.

“But with strong government leadership and continued dedication and commitment from our healthcare workers and other frontliners, we will be able to overcome the challenges and win the fight,” he added.

At the function, Dr Li accompanied by Cheng presented 10,000 N95 face masks, 10,000 surgical face masks, 10,000 nursing face masks and 2,500 protective goggles to the state which were received by Uggah.—DayakDaily