Chinese Medical Experts Arrives in Manila to Help Fight COVID-19

China’s Medical Expert Team has arrived in the Philippines to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The team will visit health facilities in Manila to know how each hospitals manages the infectious disease. 

On April 5, twelve members of the China’s Medical Expert Team arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), together with another batch of medical supplies donated by Chinese government to the Philippines, including 300,000 surgical masks, 30,000 medical N95 masks, 5,000 medical protective suits, 5,000 medical face shields, and 30 non-invasive ventilators.

The Chinese Medical Expert Team to the Philippines is among the first three teams sent by the Chinese government to ASEAN countries. The team was welcomed by Foreign Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III, Secretary Martin Andanar of Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, and Presidential Chief Protocol and Foreign Affairs Adviser Robert Borje.

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian who led the turnover ceremony on Sunday hoped the arrival of the team would help the Philippines to improve its ability of epidemic prevention and control as well as diagnosis and treatment in overcoming the COVID-19.

“Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Philippines in early March, China has been providing support and assistance to the Philippines to the best of its ability. Besides the Chinese central government, Chinese local governments, organizations, companies and individuals have also extended a helping hand with huge amount of donations to the Philippine government and people” Ambassador Huang Xilian stated.

According to the Department of Health, the medical team is set to visit local health facilities including San Lazaro Hospital in Manila and the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City, which are both COVID-19 referral hospitals. However, the health department did not disclose how long the medical experts will stay in the country.