At present, China has achieved significant strategic outcomes in the prevention and control of COVID-19. More importantly, China has accumulated effective and successful experience during the early response to the sudden outbreak of the pandemic. Under the backdrop of regular COVID-19 prevention and control, China has gradually resumed work and industry in a comprehensive and efficient manner. To share the experience of epidemic prevention and control to the rest of the world and warm up a series of academic activities of the Month of Science and Technology of West China at the Innovation Port, at the invitation of “COVID-19 Frontline” of CGTN, medical experts from the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) held video connection with Zambian counterparts to share the experience of establishing public health and epidemic prevention system, building up Internet hospitals, resuming work and manufacturing in the post-pandemic era at 8: 00 pm on July 13.
Shi Bingyin, President of our hospital, She Junjun, Assistant-to-President, Chen Zhijun, Deputy Director of Xi'an Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Liu Mingyao, Associate Director of Institute of Medical Science Faculty of Medicine of University of Toronto, Professor Wei Xiaolin from University of Toronto, Zhang Weihong, School of Public Health of Ghent University in Belgium, Professor Wang Peizhong, Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada delivered video connection and shared valuable experience on COVID-19 control and prevention with Victor Mzaza, President of Levy Mwanawasa Medical University (LMMU) in Zambia, Dr. Michael Mbambiko, President, Dr. Grace Mutati, Vice President and Dr. Jonathan Sitali, Registrar of Zambia College of Medicine and Surgery (ZACOMS).
President Shi Bingyin shared the practice and exploration of our hospital in establishing public health pandemic prevention system in the post-epidemic era, especially highlighted the critical role of Internet hospitals during the pandemic period, which ensured the operation of offline fever clinics and medical treatment to patients to the greatest extent. In terms of resuming work and manufacturing, the hospital opened all outpatient clinics and all spaces except Department of Infectious Diseases to provide medical services and improved the operation efficiency of imaging and laboratory departments to meet clinical requirements. On Saturday and other holidays, certain medical services were also provided and online medical diagnosis and treatment were encouraged to satisfy patients' medical needs to the maximum extent. President Shi Bingyin also shared his experience in treating severe COVID-19 patients during the 56-day stay in Wuhan.
Regarding the concerns of Zambian side, Director Liu Mingyao, Professor Zhang Weihong, Professor Wei Xiaolin, Professor Wang Peizhong and Professor Zeng Lingxia respectively shared the following topics: response measures and student management of University of Toronto during COVID-19 outbreak, COVID-19 prevention and control situation and epidemiological knowledge in Belgium, response measures taken by Canada to fight COVID-19, cognition survey of Chinese in Canada on COVID-19 pandemic, and the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic brought to the public health and education systems,etc.
Bilateral sides also delivered in-depth exchanges and discussions on how to carry out daily medical teaching activities in hospitals, traditional Chinese medicine treatment of COVID-19, and development of COVID-19 vaccine,etc.
President Shi Bingyin added that we will continually keep in touch with Zambian counterparts, and provide assistance in terms of COVID-19 prevention and control, medical education, construction of public health pandemic prevention system, jointly writing a new chapter of China-Africa friendship.