Chinese Ambassador H.E. Dr. Zhao Yanbo Attends a Live Panel Discussion on COVID-19 Prevention on BTV

On the evening of 23rd March 2020, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Dr. Zhao Yanbo attended a Live Panel Discussion on COVID-19 prevention on Botswana National Television (BTV) and introduced China's experiences in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and assistance provided to Africa. Ambassador Zhao was joined by Hon. Dr. Lemogang Kwape, Minister of Health and Wellness of Botswana and Dr. Josephine Namboze, WHO Representative to Botswana and SADC.



Ambassador Zhao said that with arduous efforts, the epidemic situation in China has been basically controlled. Wuhan has reported zero new confirmed case for four consecutive days. Other regions in the hard-hit Hubei province has not seen new indigenous cases for 17 consecutive days and the province is to lift the restriction on people’s movement step by step. The progress China has made in its battle against COVID-19 is credited to the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, the 4 early approaches (early detection, early reporting, early isolation, and early treatment), precise prevention and control measures as well as coordinated deployment of medical personnel and resources. China's prevention and control strategies, methods and technologies have stood the test in this battle, which fully proves that the epidemic can be quickly brought under control if managed properly.



Ambassador Zhao said that since COVID-19 broke out in Africa, China has timely shared its experience with African countries including Botswana by establishing a prevention and control Knowledge Center and holding a video conference between experts of the two sides. To some extent, this is even more important and valuable than the provision of materials. China has also overcome its own material shortage and provided African countries with medical supplies such as masks and protective gowns to its best capabilities. Chinese enterprises, such as Alibaba Group, have also actively donated materials to African countries. China and Africa have enjoyed long-lasting friendship. China will continue to work with African countries to strengthen cooperation to address the challenges of the epidemic.


Dr. Kwape and Dr. Namboze highly commended China’s epidemic prevention and control measures, and thanked China for rendering technical and material support to Botswana and other African countries. They said that Botswana will continue to draw on China's experience and deepen cooperation with China to jointly fight the coronavirus.


The discussion was live on BTV and Botswana government’s Facebook page and received extensive attention.

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