Lao hails China’s aid in virus fight

VIENTIANE: As the Laos are beefing up efforts to battle the COVID-19, the help of a Chinese medical team which arrived to the country last week are proved to be a reassuring booster.
“The Chinese experts came to Laos after they had just treated their patients in China. My colleagues and I, watching them busy all day either in the Ministry of Health or the designated hospitals for treating COVID-19, felt quite warm and touched,” Chandaly Sitpraxay, a Lao doctor with health ministry told Xinhua on Sunday.
“These Chinese experts are really with us!” she added.
Laos detected its first two confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 24, and only five days later, the Chinese medical team arrived in capital Vientiane.
Deputy head of the team Shi Tongchuan told Xinhua on Sunday that his friends in Laos sent lots of messages to express their gratitude to the Chinese experts for the timely support to Laos.
“My friends say that the arrival of the Chinese expert team has added calm and confidence to the Lao people in the fight against the pandemic,” said Shi.
For Jiang Zaidong, Chinese ambassador to Laos, China and Laos are a mutual support team in fighting against the COVID-19.
He said on Sunday that Laos, a developing country with comparatively small economy, donated 700,000 U.S. dollars and many batches of materials to China when China’s anti-epidemic fight was most strenuous.
The country also made full preparations for the successful convention of the China-ASEAN Special Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on COVID-19 and the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, sending out the region’s strong voice to join hands in the fight against the epidemic.
“Our medical team is sharing China’s experience with our Lao counterparts unreservedly, and is committed to assisting the Lao side to form a professional solution in line with Laos’ situation, thus contributing to the building of the China-Laos community with a shared future,” said Jiang. – Agencies