Chinese medical experts shared their experience of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with their counterparts in Uganda and South Sudan.
KAMPALA, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese medical experts on Friday shared their experience of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with their counterparts in Uganda and South Sudan.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting held via Webinar, Aeneas Chuma, UNAIDS Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, said the world is facing one of the biggest challenges that is not only affecting the health sector but could potentially set the world back by many years.
"Life will not be the same again, as all evidence thus far suggests that the virus is here to stay until we achieve herd immunity or find a vaccine," Chuma said.
He said the epidemic knows no boundaries and therefore there is need for global solidarity in combating it.
"Now more than ever, it is important to stand together and extend help to each other, at all levels. We must show kindness, compassion, and empathy wherever possible," he said, noting that there have been cases of global solidarity where countries have provided medicines, expertise and human resources to sustain health services.
Chuma hailed the support of Jack Ma and the Alibaba Foundation to many African countries in containing the disease. Jack Ma sent various medical supplies to Africa to help fight the pandemic.
Anthony Garang, acting chairman of South Sudan Doctors' Union, described the meeting as a unique opportunity to learn from their Chinese counterparts who were on the COVID-19 frontline in Wuhan.
"We hope to see more of similar initiatives come up during and after COVID-19 pandemic," Garang said.
Richard Idro, president of the Uganda Medical Association, said that the meeting was important in learning from China on how to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist of the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) told the meeting that China implemented strict measures to stop the spread of the disease.