China's successful COVID-19 experience worth learning: WHO official
Dr Gauden Galea, representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in China, said international and regional organizations can learn from China's successful experience in fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He stressed that cooperation and solidarity are of vital importance.
Dr Galea made the remarks at a press briefing on Tuesday, noting China's successes include providing a supply of medical resources and necessary protective equipment for Hubei Province and its capital city Wuhan and sending medical teams to Wuhan.
Wuhan, with a population of more the 10 million, was the epicenter of the outbreak in China. The city is set to end its 76-day lockdown at midnight on Wednesday.
"The example of China is quite compelling, in the way that different provinces and cities trying to provide their healthcare services – both equipment and healthcare workers – to the regions in need," Galea said. "We need this spirit of solidarity."
Galea, who is also director of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course of the European Regional Office of the WHO, called for international cooperation to support countries lacking health resources.