Tanzania: Chinese Medical Team Bids Goodbye after 2 Years

Following two years, and the completion of their objective to serve rural and urban Tanzanians, the visiting 24th China Medical Team said farewell in Dar es Salaam. The group fulfilled serving more than 20,000 Tanzanians while furthermore donating prescription and equipment worth 125 million.

Ummy Mwalimu, the Tanzanian Health, Community Development, Gender, Children and Elderly Minister spoke in support of the administration in the midst of the goodbye party at the Chinese Embassy. She praised the group’s undertakings and devotion towards saving natives’ lives. She passed on their thankfulness and appreciation to China for its helps, which she admits has encouraged the change in Tanzania’s medical solutions.

The emotional minister was quoted saying, “We know you left your families and homes to come and help your brothers and sisters. Thank you very much”. Tanzania has kept a remarkable association with the People’s Republic of China concerning the medical division since 1968 as the latter started sending specialists over.

According to Mwalimu, this relationship has focused on experts and support for infrastructure. The Chinese government helped Tanzania to further develop the advanced Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI). She went ahead to state that this alliance helped the Tanzanian government to send patients outside the nation. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the commendable services these doctors have been providing to the citizens who received their services,” she said.

Ms Wang Ke, the recently appointed Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania said the two countries have rejoiced in this kinship for a long while. She commented that since the first group of specialists was sent to Tanzania in the 1960s, more than 15 million Tanzanians got treatment from 1080 Chinese doctors. Maintaining the worldwide humanitarian soul for 50 years, the Chinese government has apportioned medical groups to Tanzania.

She further added, “The visit has played a significant role in sharing advanced medical experiences, providing medical equipment and medicine, improving the country’s health care capacity as well as consolidating friendship between the two countries”.

Containing 25 specialists, the 24th China medical group met up in Tanzania in August 2015 and worked in country and urban locales. The group in the midst of their stay gave blood to Tanzania’s National Blood Bank and raced to land in the Kagera territory after it persevered through a quake, to save lives paying little attention to the result’s perils.

Dr. Sun Long, a heart specialist was quoted saying, “The voluntary blood donation is good evidence of the deep friendship between the people of China and Tanzania”. He said he wished their stay in Tanzania could be longer and was not able to conceal his affection for the country. He discussed how during their two-year residency, they learnt important things, and exchanged advantageous experiences with local doctors, and applauded the government’s undertakings in augmenting and improving health services.