Chinese and Irish doctors held video conference on COVID-19
2020-03-14 02:55

On 13th March, at the Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine (SAHZU), over 60 medical experts from China and Ireland held a video conference to share experience of the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.


The video conference is a response to a letter for help. On 11th March, Dr. Yang Mingli, Director of SAHZU International Exchange Office, received a letter from Dr. Oisín J.O'Connell, a consultant in Bon Secours Hospital Cork and member of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, asking how Zhejiang Province efficiently organized manpower and resources within a short time period for the training, prevention, control and treatment work on fighting against COVID-19.

During the conference, SAHZU president, Dr. Wang Jianan, shared experience in prevention of community transmission and imported cases, home quarantine policies, control and interruption of transmission routes, early detection and intervention, medical resources management, big data assistance and other aspects.

The situation in Wuhan, the city with the most severe outbreak of COVID-19 epidemic in China, is also of concern to Irish medical staff. Dr. Wang Weilin, executive vice president of SAHZU and leader of its medical team to Wuhan, briefed the situation in Wuhan and shared useful treatment experience with the Irish doctors.

Doctors from SAHZU answered questions raised by the Irish medical team about the scheduling of protective equipment, ICU support programs, and coping solution for the surge of patient numbers. "As a hospital, when we have difficulties, many foreign friends have helped us. And now they have difficulties, we should help them. Medical exchanges know no borders. " Dr. Wang said.