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Expat couple volunteers in Wenzhou's battle against COVID-19

ALMS|Updated: December 16, 2021

Click the video to learn more about the selfless efforts of this couple. [Video provided to]

Pakistani orthopedist Abdul Zahir Hamad and Mauritian surgeon Hosany Sumayyah are a married couple working at the Panhealth Medical Center in Wenzhou, East China's Zhejiang province. They have been living in China for about a decade and can speak fluent Chinese.

During the latest emergence of COVID-19 cases in Shaoxing, Hangzhou and Ningbo, three cities that neighbor Wenzhou, the couple once again donned their protective suits and served as volunteers at the city's south-most highway exit checkpoint, checking the identities and measuring the body temperatures of travelers.

"They need us, so we are here again," said the couple, who first served at the frontlines when the pandemic broke out in the city in early 2020.

"We've been volunteers before so we are more familiar with the process. This is why we signed up the first time. We hope to share our experience with new volunteers," the couple said.

The couple has also been making efforts to show others that anyone can be involved in the fight against COVID-19.


Mauritian surgeon Hosany Sumayyah conducts a nucleic acid test for a Wenzhou resident. [Photo provided to]


Pakistani orthopedist Abdul Zahir Hamad checks health QR code at a checkpoint. [Photo provided to]

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