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Shanghai experts share advice with Malaysians

Medical experts from Shanghai shared their novel coronavirus disease experiences with Malaysian counterparts during an online conference yesterday held by the city’s Foreign Affairs Office, the Embassy of China in Malaysia and the Ministry of Health Malaysia.

Two local infectious disease specialists — Dr Shen Yinzhong from Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center and Dr Qiu Zhongmin of Tongji University School of Medicine — communicated with Malaysian medical professionals from over 20 hospitals throughout the country.

Local doctors offered insights on Malaysia’s anti-virus protocol in terms of clinic treatments such as favipiravir, steroids and convalescent serum.

As there are no specific drugs for the virus so far, they emphasized the necessity of comprehensive approaches involving isolation and quarantine to prevent in-hospital infections and protect medical staff, as well as focusing on the dynamic of each clinical stage.

As of yesterday, there had been 1,796 confirmed cases in Malaysia and 19 deaths.

“To flatten the curve,” Malaysia has restricted public gatherings from March 18 to April 14, according to Dr Hishamshah Bin Mohamad Ibrahim, deputy director-general of research and technical support at the Malaysian health ministry.

“The purpose of the discussion is to share needed diagnosis and treatment methods of COVID-19, which are valuable experiences from what we’ve gone through,” said Bei Zhaojian, deputy director-general of the Shanghai foreign affairs office.

China helped Malaysia with essential prevention guides and protective equipment.


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