Namibia-China video conference shares experience in combating COVID-19

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 15:14 |
Namibia and Chinese medical experts from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, take part in a medical video consultation conference on COVID-19, in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, April 14, 2020. (Xinhua/ Musa C Kaseke)


Namibia and Chinese medical experts, Tuesday held a video consultation conference on COVID-19.

The conference which was between Namibia's COVID-19 pandemic task team led by Bernard Haufiku and experts from Nanjing, Jiangsu Province managed to discuss and share best practices and challenges in the containment of COVID-19.

Speaking in the opening remarks, Yang Jun, with Chinese embassy in Namibia, said the conference will help Namibia in the fight against COVID-19, considering that Nanjing has gained a lot of experience in its fight against the virus.

"Through this platform, China can share with Namibia how to cut the transmission route and contain the pandemic, while Namibia can also share their progress and challenges with their Chinese counterparts," Yang added.

Haufiku, communicating with the Chinese experts, commended their efforts in the fight against COVID-19 and said his team is eager to emulate the practices that China has so far utilized to contain the virus.

"For the Namibia team, it is important to learn strategies and plans of action on how we can learn effectively to fight the virus," he said.

According to Haufiku, Namibia's battle against COVID-19 is just beginning and the south-western African nation continues to follow WHO response pillars to try and effectively manage the virus.

"Community transfers have a high potential to spread the virus and we are currently looking at ways to be well prepared in all 14 regions. We have since ordered more personal protective equipment and we appreciate the assistance we have so far received from China in that department," he said.

According to Haufiku, to date Namibia has managed to test some 500 people and has recorded, 16 positive cases so far, of which three cases have recovered. (Xinhua)

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