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Medical staff from Tibet head for Hubei to combat outbreak

  • Source : China Daily Author : Palden Nyima and Daqiong Time : 02/18/2020 Editor : Tenzin Chodron



    Medical staff from Tibet take an oath before departing for Hubei province on Monday morning. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]


    Following the national "pairing-up support for Hubei" policy, a medical team of three people from Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region set off for Hubei province on Monday to help with epidemiological investigation on the front line of the contagion, according to the region's health commission.


    The medical team brought 5,000 N95 surgical masks, 100 medical protective suits, 200 pairs of protective glasses and Tibetan medicine to help combat the outbreak.


    Wang Shoubi, executive deputy director of the region's health commission, said after receiving the National Health Commission's call to dispatch medical staff to support epidemiological investigation work in Hubei on Sunday afternoon, the commission immediately gathered its staff to select the right volunteers.



    Three medical workers pose for a photo with officials from the Tibet Health Commission and the Tibet Center for Disease Control and Prevention at Lhasa Gonggar Airport on Monday morning. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]


    "Among the team, leader Guo Linhai is a staffer at the region's health supervision bureau, and 33-year-old Song Qifei and 27-year-old Pema Trinley are from the region's center for disease control and prevention," Wang said.


    Within ten hours, the three medical workers made all necessary preparations for the journey and bid farewell to their families.


    "It's an urgent mission and we will follow the arrangement of our country to stand together with Hubei, and we will live up to the expectations of all the region's people," Guo said.



    Three medical workers prepare supplies at Lhasa Gonggar Airport on Monday morning. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]


    Pema Trinley is from the region's Gongkar county, and his home county has been receiving various support from Hubei.


    "I work as a member of the health emergency team at our center, and I had the experience of working with field epidemiology and laboratories in the past," Pema said.


    "I was involved in epidemic disease training of West China in 2018, and therefore, I am ready for the mission."

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