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Botswana to receive Chinese medics

Botswana will soon receive 46 medical personnel from China.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of the agreement between Botswana and China on 28 October, Health Minister, Dr John Seakgosing said his ministry will send a delegation to China to select the personnel.

He said the team will comprise anesthetics, urologists, obstetricians, gynecologists, orthopedics surgeons, pediatricians and theatre nurses among others. “It is without doubt that this support is highly commendable and will always be in the hearts of Batswana,” he said.

Dr Seakgosing said the first Chinese medical team started working in Botswana in January 1981 with 13 members and was stationed at what is now called Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital, adding that with the ever increasing demand for health services as well as the need to provide specialized services, the numbers increased over the years.

“The increase in the number of health workers symbolizes the true spirit of friendship, partnership and brotherhood by China,” the minister said.

Dr Seakgosing said Botswana has continued to benefit immensely on areas of human resources development and donations from China under the China-Africa bilateral cooperation.

He said the presence and contribution of Chinese companies has also been noted in the construction citing Ntimbale Dam raw water pump station and pipelines as examples.

“A notable number of Chinese companies are engaged in other areas such as construction, textiles and refrigeration, health and sports investment in the country,” he said, adding that such investments have created employment for Batswana.

The Chinese ambassador to Botswana, H.E. Liu Huanxing said 318 Chinese doctors and nurses have served in Botswana and more than 1.93 million local patients have benefited from their services.

Mr. Liu said health and medical cooperation between Botswana and China has expanded, adding that in June this year, the Chinese government dispatched three medical experts and carried out 200 cases of cataract surgery treatment on Botswana patients all of which were successful.

He said since 1976 the government of China has been providing economic assistance to Botswana in the form of grants, interest free loans and concession loans, as well as offering technical assistance in the agricultural, land survey and railway sectors.

(31 October 2011, Daily News)

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