Held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the ASEAN Health Sector, through Indonesia as the current ASEAN Senior Health Official Chair, presented the progress of its response to covid-19 since the start of the outbreak.
They also addressed the identified capacity gaps and needs that were discussed at the Special Video Conference of ASEAN Senior Health Officials on Enhancing Cooperation in Covid-19 Pandemic.
Further, participants exchanged technical data on covid-19 and shared updates and experiences on testing and treatment. A representative from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention discussed the epidemiology and geographic distribution of covid-19 in China. The official also shared technical insights on the dynamics of the transmission, natural history of the disease, virology, transmission mode and transmissibility, containment strategies, contact management, and treatment of cases.
“This pandemic is a great public health challenge that has been affecting not only health systems of affected countries but also their socio-economic and political security status," Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio Cultural Community (ASCC) Kung Phoak said in a press release on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
He expressed that sustained multi-sectoral coordination and cooperation is urgently needed. Given this second virtual meeting and exchange between AMS and China, he lauded the platform and encouraged the promotion of open, timely and transparent dialogue in enhancing cooperation for covid-19 pandemic response.