China's governance system has advantages in tackling disease outbreaks
Medical staff make final checks before taking patients infected with the novel coronavirus in Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, February 3, 2020. /Xinhua Photo

Medical staff make final checks before taking patients infected with the novel coronavirus in Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, February 3, 2020. /Xinhua Photo

Editor's Note: The following article is taken from the Chinese-language "The Real Point." The article reflects the author's opinions and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged governments at all levels to firmly follow the unified command, coordination and arrangements of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, emphasizing strict enforcement of orders and prohibitions. 

The president made the remarks on Monday at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, the second meeting of the top leadership in 10 days. "The outbreak is a major test of China's system and capacity for governance," Xi said.   

On the same day, the State Council Information Office revealed that the problem of medical and daily living supplies running low in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the disease's outbreak, has been greatly eased and that supplies across the country have been stabilized as the entire nation has been mobilized to fight against the epidemic.

The efforts made since the outbreak of the new coronavirus have demonstrated the governance capacity of the country's system, which has been shaped over the past 70 years and features the leadership of the CPC, the ability to pool national strength to carry out major undertakings, and a people-centered approach.

Under the leadership of a central leading group responding to the outbreak, a special working team has been set up to secure medical supplies. Measures taken include mobilization of enterprises for early resumption and expansion of production, reinforced production supervision and coordination, and the establishment of a national dispatch platform for key medical supplies. 

As of Sunday, domestic manufacturers have delivered 131,200 pieces of medical protective suits and sent out 135,600 N95 masks to Hubei Province, alleviating local supply shortages.

Another working team has been established to ensure the supply of daily necessities. As of Sunday, market prices of beef, mutton, chicken and eggs as well as 15 kinds of vegetables in 36 medium and big cities were down from their high level of days ago. 

The fact that the prices of daily necessities across the country have been stabilized within a short period of time during an emergency provides more evidence of the efficiency of China's governance system.

China still faces a grim situation in curbing the epidemic. Monday's meeting of top leadership also stressed summing up the experience and drawing a lesson from this outbreak, improving the country's emergency management system and capacity of handling urgent, difficult, dangerous and important tasks. 

It said an overhaul of environmental sanitation conditions should be conducted, calling for efforts to strengthen the areas of weakness in public health. Furthermore, resolute efforts should be made to crack down on illegal wildlife markets and trade to address major public health risks at the root. 

It underscored the need to systematically review the areas of weakness in the national reserve system, enhance reserve efficiency and capacity, and improve the production capacity of essential supplies. As long as the country's system and capacity of governance is given full play, a victory over the coronavirus is not far off.

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