Chinese epidemic prevention, control work team heads to Kyrgyzstan

Chinese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Du Dewen (L) and Kyrgyzstan's Health Minister Sabirzhan Abdikarimov attend a handover ceremony of China-aided materials in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, April 2, 2020. (Chinese Embassy to Kyrgyzstan/Handout via Xinhua)

An epidemic prevention and control work team departed Monday for Kyrgyzstan from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to join the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 10-member team, including six medical experts, comes from several hospitals in Xinjiang and the regional disease control and prevention center. They have the expertise of traditional Chinese medicine, nursing, public health and treating respiratory diseases.

The work team is expected to provide consultation and advice for Chinese employees, teachers and students in Kyrgyzstan, as well as share and exchange experience in dealing with the novel coronavirus with local governmental departments, disease control departments, hospitals and medical experts.

A batch of anti-epidemic supplies donated by Xinjiang will also arrive in Kyrgyzstan along with the work team.