Video consultation conference allows medical experts to share best practices, experiences in combating COVID-19
Namibia and Chinese medical experts, this week held a medical video consultation conference on COVID-19 at Huawei Namibia’s headquarters in Windhoek.
The conference which was between Namibia’s COVID-19 pandemic task team lead by Bernard Haufiku and experts from Nanjing, Jiangsu province managed to discuss and share best practices and challenges in the containment in the fight against what has become a global scourge, COVID-19.
Speaking in the opening remarks, Chinese Embassy Charge d’Affairs In Namibia, Yang Jun said the conference proves vital for 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, adding that his team had so far been impressed by the manner their Chinese counterparts are fighting the pandemic.
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.
Meanwhile, the Chinese medical experts advised Namibia to have structures in place so that resources and action plans can be effectively implemented.
“Good practices that include; early reporting, detecting, quarantine, and treatment are vital in combating the virus,” they added.
According to Haufiku, to date Namibia has managed to test under 500 people and has recorded, 16 positive cases so far, of which four cases have recovered, while no deaths have occurred.