I Feel Safe in Changsha – Muhammad Usman Janjua from Pakistan
Muhammad Usman Janjua, 29, is a Pakistani who teaches at Changsha Medical University. His Chinese name is Jiang Wei.
“I just visited my Pakistan friend and his Chinese wife and their new baby. The baby is like a Chinese, isn’t it?” he smiled.
Jiang Wei was awarded a bachelor’s degree from the Hunan University of Chinese Medicine in 2012. He took up a job as a doctor in Pakistan. In 2016, he enrolled in Central South University for postgraduate study in medical science. After graduation, he began teaching at Changsha Medical University.
The COVID-19 outbreak has greatly inconvenienced him. He was greatly assisted by foreign expert service officials of the Hunan Department of Science and Technology and the international communication staff of his university who cared for and supported him through this difficult and trying period. They provided epidemic prevention information, made sure he was healthy, and solved many of the problems that visitors can face being a foreigner. He noted that “My families and friends in Pakistan phoned me and I told them ‘I’m ok’. Chinese government cares for and protects us. We are safe in China.” He said.
At the end of January, he was anxious about the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus. He volunteered for anti-epidemic assistance in Wuhan, the hardest-hit Chinese city in the COVID-19 outbreak. “I am a doctor. I love China.” “I heard that medical staff is urgently needed in the epidemic-hit areas. I’m willing to assist.”
“China and Pakistan are ‘iron brothers’. When China encounters difficulty, I want to do something to help. My offer was not accepted but I received many message of thanks from my Chinese friends. I’m really moved,” he said.
When talking about the present and ongoing epidemic control, he said that “China, such a large country, made the most effective and quickest response to the epidemic in the world. I feel safe in Changsha. Except for mask wearing when necessary, we have returned to normal life.”
“What especially impressed me is that, the Chinese government has taken all-round measures to prevent and curb the epidemic, and Chinese people do as they are instructed. They all know the measures are good for them. Medical personnel across the country were motivated to assist Hubei. My supervisor went to Wuhan to fight the epidemic, leaving two kids in Changsha.” Beyond that, he was impressed that “although production was impacted by the epidemic, daily necessities, especially food, were never in short supply”.
Though the university has not reopened yet, online courses are organized in an orderly way. He gives classes online almost every day and sometimes shoots videos to facilitate student understanding. He posted a photo of his reading in his WeChat moment and wrote in Chinese “学而时习之，不亦说乎?——论语” (Isn’t learning pleasant when done with constant perseverance and application? – quoted from The Analects of Confucius)