Manama, Health Minister Faeqa bint Said Al-Saleh received Chinese Ambassador An Wa'er and discussed developments of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and the precautionary measures being undertaken in Bahrain.
The meeting was attended by Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Dr. Mariam Al-Hajeri and Public Health Director Najat Abul Fateh.
The minister stressed continuous cooperation and coordination to undertake necessary preventive measures as China goes through a critical period due to the outbreak of the virus.
The ambassador commended Bahrain's unwavering support to China, which reflects the solidarity of friendly countries and support in difficult times, adding that these humanitarian stances contribute to alleviating the pain.
The meeting focused on the ministry's efforts to to beef up preventive measures, in compliance with the World Health Organisations (WHO) protocols, as well as disease monitoring system.
The two sides stressed the importance of continuing coordination to get updated about the virus developments and protect citizens and residents' health.
The minister said that no case of novel coronavirus had been detected in Bahrain so far, adding that a national medical team had been set up to avert any outbreak of the disease.
The Chinese diplomat stressed continuous cooperation and coordination to undertake and follow-up preventive measures, stressing his country's edge in dealing with such health crises.
He announced that the embassy would hold a press conference on Sunday (Feb 9) at 11 am at the InterContinental Regency for an update on the situation, inviting the Health Ministry to attend.
Source: Bahrain News Agency