Chinese medical experts here to advise PH on COVID-19 fight

THE Department of Health reported that 12 Chinese medical experts arrived in Manila on Sunday to share with Filipino medical professionals what they learned in handling COVID-19 cases.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said the task of the Chinese medical experts, who have first-hand experience in the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, will be purely advisory.

“They have a lot of good practices when they managed their COVID-19 patients in Wuhan and Hubei. It is really guiding how to improve, level-up our COVID-19 response, learn different levels of surveillance, risk-assessment, isolation strategies, detection through accurate testing, clinical case management, and non-pharmaceutical public health measures,” he said.

The Chinese medical experts, together with DOH staff, are scheduled to visit RITM, the Lung Center of the Philippines, San Lazaro Hospital and quarantine facilities to train Filipino medical professionals. They will be here for 15 days or until April 19.

The Chinese experts also brought with them 5,000 PPEs, 300,000 surgical masks, 30,000 medical N95 masks, 5,000 medical protective face shields and 30 non-invasive ventilators from the Chinese government