As of April 25th, novel coronavirus pneumonia was maintained in Samoa, a South Pacific island country. “Prevention is the best treatment. Samoa has not been diagnosed so far, we would like to thank China! ” Samoan chief epidemic prevention and control expert Hansel said.
Samoa has a population of about 200000 and fewer than 100 doctors. There is only one general hospital, and anti epidemic supplies are completely dependent on imports and assistance. Since 2018, China has sent three groups of medical teams to Samoa, completed nearly one thousand operations and treated tens of thousands of patients, significantly improving local medical and health conditions.
In order to join hands with local authorities to fight against the epidemic, under the leadership of the Chinese Embassy in Samoa, the Chinese medical aid team in Saudi Arabia promptly exchanged the experience of China’s epidemic prevention and control with local medical staff to assist them in formulating guidelines for epidemic prevention and control. In early March, China held a video conference of health experts with Samoa and other Pacific island countries to share the experience of epidemic prevention and control. Samoa has taken a series of prevention and control measures based on China’s practices, such as suspending overseas travel, limiting supermarket opening hours, and regulating social distance.
In terms of medical supplies, China also provides assistance to Samoa within its capabilities. Chao Xiaoliang, China’s ambassador to Samoa, said that urgently needed medical materials such as testing reagents, protective clothing, masks, goggles and forehead thermometer for China’s emergency assistance will arrive in SA in batches. Guangdong provincial government, Ma Yun foundation and other local governments and non-governmental organizations in China have actively donated anti epidemic materials such as respirators.
“Under the current severe situation, China attaches great importance to health cooperation with Samoa, which fully proves the friendship between the two countries.” The head of state of Samoa, tuimalai alifano, said.