Chinese, Ugandan medics meet over COVID-19 pandemic

Health experts from the China-Uganda Friendship Hospital and members of the 20th Chinese medical team attended a video conference on the prevention and control strategy of COVID-19 in Kampala, Uganda, April 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Bi Chengwei)

Medical experts from China and Uganda met this week via videoconference to share their experiences in the fight against COVID-19.

The meeting was aimed at strengthening the fight against the disease which has already infected more than 2.9 million people and killed over 203,000.

The videoconference brought together experts from China’s Yunnan Provincial Hospital of Infectious Diseases and their counterparts from the China-Uganda Friendship Hospital in the capital Kampala.

Dong Xingqi, director of the Chinese hospital, was optimistic that sharing experiences through video conferencing would be one of the ways that the two countries can jointly fight the pandemic.

Dong said countries cannot win the battle against COVID-19 working in isolation, noting that unity is a key factor in the fight.

On his part, Emmanuel Batiibwe, the director of China-Uganda Friendship Hospital said the video conference was important in understanding the COVID-19 prevention and control strategy.

Uganda is one of 52 African countries that have recorded COVID-19 cases. The East African state had registered 75 cases according to the U.S.-bases Johns Hopkins University.

Africa has reported more than 30,000 COVID-19 cases and 1,374 deaths.

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