Following two years of their goal to serve rural and urban Tanzanians, the visiting 24th China Medical Team was bid goodbye recently in Dar es Salaam. The group accomplished serving more than 20,000 Tanzanians while additionally donating medication and equipment worth 125 million.
Ummy Mwalimu, the Tanzanian Health, Community Development, Gender, Children and Elderly Minister talked in support of the government amid the farewell party at the Chinese Embassy. She commended the team’s endeavors and dedication towards saving citizens’ lives. She passed on their appreciation and gratitude to China for its helps, which she admits has encouraged the change in Tanzania’s medical solutions.
The emotional minister was cited saying, “We know you left your families and homes to come and help your brothers and sisters. Thank you very much”. Tanzania has continued keeping an exceptional connection with the People’s Republic of China concerning the medical division since 1968 as the latter began sending doctors over.
As per Mwalimu, this relationship has focused on specialists and infrastructure support. The Chinese government helped Tanzania to develop the advanced Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI). She went on to say that this affiliation helped the Tanzanian government from sending patients outside the country. “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”.
Comprising of 25 doctors, the 24th China medical group touched base in Tanzania in August 2015 and worked in rural and urban regions. The team amid their stay donated blood to Tanzania’s National Blood Bank and rushed to arrive in the Kagera locality after it endured an earthquake, to save casualties’ lives regardless of the outcome’s dangers.
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.