Want China Times, Xinhua 2015-03-28
|Lin Songtian during a press conference, Oct. 31, 2014. (Photo/CNS)|
China will help Africa with its public health system post-Ebola, said a Chinese official on Friday at a China-Africa health roundtable.
Lin Songtian, director of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's African Affairs Department, made the remarks at the three-day Fifth International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Collaboration held in Beijing, which will end Saturday.
Lin said China was studying the support it could offer Africa, adding China will help the African Union build a disease prevention and control center, which would link epidemic surveillance facilities in each member countries.
In terms of capacity building, Lin suggested that more scholarships could be granted to African health professionals and students for them to study in China, as well as more training offered to Chinese health aid workers dispatched to the African continent.
A policy recommendation on China-Africa health cooperation was put forward at the roundtable, which included suggestions such as the two sides should boost cooperation in medicine and vaccine production, diagnostics, health financing instruments, and enhanced dialogues and knowledge exchange.
Ren Minghui, director of the department of international cooperation of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said China had a unique role to play in supporting African health development as it was capable of producing high-quality and low-cost medicines and vaccines.