Thousands of Guyanese have benefitted from visiting the Chinese medical brigade, which ended their two year stint here, last Thursday.
Between July 1, 2014 and June 2015, some 16 Chinese medical experts offered their services to Guyana in the areas of orthopaedics, ophthalmology, obstetrics, gynaecology, internal medicine, anaesthesiology, radiology, acupuncture, nephrology, oncology, pathology, urology, paediatrics, general surgery, plastic surgery and osteopathy.
The work of the visiting team is part of efforts to preserve the bilateral relations between the Government of Guyana and the Republic of China.
The Guyana /China relations have since aided the establishment of an Eye Centre at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and the commissioning of a centre for laparoscopic surgery at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) in September, 2014.
At the recently held farewell ceremony, head of the 11th Chinese Medical Brigade Dr. Wang Yongxiang reported that during this period more than 7,000 surgical procedures were done, diagnosis and treatment were offered to more than 20,000 patients and efforts were directed to setting up three medical centres – an eye centre allowing for 1,500 eye surgeries; an endoscopy centre catering to 600 cases and a trauma centre catering to spinal issues
Dr. Wang expressed optimism that the new batch of Chinese doctors would do more for the Guyanese populace.
The new team is set to be deployed to Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, (GPHC) and other local medical centres across the country.
President David Granger who was also present at the farewell ceremony lauded the team for the efforts.
Granger said the presence of the Chinese medical team in Guyana has contributed significantly to the development of a healthy population and, thereby, has contributed to the wealth of the nation.
He noted that cooperation in the health sector has been a distinguishing feature of human relations, which emphasizes the formal engagement between our two republics and, most particularly, the personal and everyday friendship between our two peoples.
The first batch of Chinese medical professionals came to Guyana as a result of the Protocol on Medical Cooperation, which was signed between the two countries on May 26, 1993.
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