China sent military medical teams to Pakistan to combat COVID-19
China’s expert military medical team arrived in Pakistan on April 24 along with critical medical supplies to help the country combat COVID-19 outbreak.
The medical teams is among the most experienced force in China in handling public health crises. The team will help guide Pakistani medical professionals for the next two months.
The 10-member medical expert team of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) headed by Maj Gen Huang Qingzhen was received at the Islamabad International Airport by Pakistan’s Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing also welcomed the team.
The Central Military Commission approved the Chinese Air Force to dispatch aircraft to deliver emergency medical supplies and professional medical teams to Pakistan, according to the Ministry of National Defense of China.
On Friday, the Chinese Ambassador also held a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi who thanked China for extending solidarity and moral and material support to Pakistan in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.
The Foreign Minister also expressed deep gratitude to the Chinese leadership for sending the medical team to assist Pakistan’s health community contain the pandemic. The large amounts of personal protective equipment and medical gear sent by Beijing have significantly strengthened our capacity to control the COVID-19, he said.
Mr Qureshi reaffirmed that CPEC is a transformational project and completion of CPEC projects is the number one priority of the government. Both countries are working closely to further deepen cooperation during second phase of CPEC which will have a far-reaching impact on industrial, agriculture, health, and socio-economic development sectors.
Ambassador Yao Jing said China is Pakistan’s closest friend and steadfast partner and appreciated the country’s extended valuable support in China’s fight against the outbreak of the virus.
The Chinese government and people have expressed gratitude for Pakistan for being one of the first countries to airlift medical masks from its public hospitals to China on February 1.