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PR No. 56
Islamabad: April 09, 2020

An eight-member team of Chinese doctors and medical experts called on President Dr. Arif Alvi today. The team was led by Dr. Ma Minghui, an expert in infectious diseases. President Alvi thanked the medical team for visiting Pakistan when it was relentlessly engaged in containing the spread of Coronavirus. President particularly thanked the Chinese government for dispatching the team to Pakistan at such a critical and momentous time. Dr. Alvi underscored that coronavirus had become a threat to global health system and massive efforts were required to deal with the dangers posed by the virus. It was reiterated by the President that both Pakistan and China, two iron brothers, needed to deepen their cooperation in battling the infectious diseases. Dr. Alvi underlined that there should be more exchanges between medical and health professionals of both countries to chalk out strategies to effectively contain the spread of such epidemics in future. President Alvi fondly recalled his recent solidarity visit to China that helped deepen his understanding of China’s far-reaching and effective efforts to control the spread of coronavirus. He particularly noted that Chinese leadership had undertaken massive and incredible efforts to control the epidemic and expressed delight that the lockdown from Wuhan city had now been lifted. President Alvi underlined the need to invest more in research and medicine to protect people from insidious and treacherous pandemics like COVID-19. The medical experts thanked government of Pakistan for inviting them and helping them share their experiences in dealing with the aftermath of coronavirus. The team lauded the swift efforts of the government of Pakistan that led to the containment of the virus and hoped that, with continuing measures, Pakistan will overcome the spread of coronavirus. The team arrived in Islamabad on 28th March and is visiting Pakistan for two weeks. The team visited medical institutions and hospitals in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. It also held a videoconference with the medical experts, public health officials and civil servants from AJK, KPK, Baluchistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan. The team shared its expertise on ways to effectively combat the coronavirus. The visit of Chinese medical experts, while Pakistan was in the midst of battling coronavirus, testified that both the people and the government of Pakistan and China stood by each other through thick and thin. It also reaffirmed the vitality of Pakistan-China All-Weather Strategic Co-operative Partnership.
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