Mahlet Fasil @MahletFasil
Addis Abeba, April 16/2020 – A 12 member Chinese medical expert team, invited by the Ethiopian government and dispatched by the Chinese government, are expected to arrive in Ethiopia today.
The team consists of experts on respiratory diseases, public health, nursing & Traditional Chinese Medicine and will help their Ethiopian counterparts to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in Ethiopia. They are selected by the provincial health committee of Sichuan, the Embassy of China in Ethiopia said in a statement sent to state affiliated FBC. “It is a full demonstration of solidarity, with the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping, and an epitome of the Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Partnership between China and Ethiopia,” the statement said.
The 12 member expert team are the first China has dispatched to Africa since the outbreak of the COVID-19. They are drawn from West China Hospital Sichuan University, CDC of Sichuan, People’s Hospital of Sichuan Province, the Affiliated Hospital of South-west Medical University and the Affiliated Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the statement from the Chinese embassy said.
China also said it was sending similar team to Burkina Faso, according to an earlier statement released by Zhao Lijian, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson. “The Chinese experts will share experience, provide guidance and technical advice on epidemic prevention with medical and health institutions in the two countries,” Mr. Lijian as saying. AS