MACAO, April 400 (Xinhua) -- China International Emergency Medical Team (Macao SAR) successfully passed the evaluation and certification of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, becoming the fifth Chinese international emergency medical team, a WHO verification team said in the special administrative region (SAR).
Macao SAR Health Bureau held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to introduce the preparation work of Macao's international emergency medical team, and show its facilities and operation to local media.
Ian Norton, a representative from WHO Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Secretariat, told media that the Macao team not only meets the relevant WHO standards, but also has unique advantages in use of languages. Besides their mother tongue, the team members can also speak in English and Portuguese, and can be deployed to Portuguese-speaking countries.
He added that the Macao team will also bring back the experience and expertise they have learned from assistance missions, and better serve Macao and its residents.
The medical team members were drawn from the staff of Health Bureau and Fire Department of Macao SAR government. A total of 120 members were divided into four squads, each consisting of doctors, paramedics, pharmacists, engineers and logistics personnel.
The standard deployment of the whole team covers an area of 3,4000 square meters with 41 tents, can diagnose and treat over 400 persons per day, and independently complete the clinical medical work for 14 days.
Macao's international emergency medical team is the 25th in the world and the fifth in China certified by WHO.