China sends medical mission to São Tomé and Príncipe

In February China plans to send a medical mission to provide health care to the population of São Tomé and Príncipe, Yong Feng, a senior official from the Ministry of Health of China said on Wednesday in São Tomé.

The announcement of the deployment of this mission wasmade at the end of an audience granted by the Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada, about two weeks after the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between China and São Tomé and Príncipe, replacingTaiwan which applied more than US$1 million a year in the health sector in São Tomé.

In addition to the priorities identified “in the areas of dentistry, cardiology and general surgery,” Yong Feng also stressed “the need to introduce some Chinese technologies and medical innovations in São Tomé and Príncipe.”

The Chinese delegation has visited hospitals, clinics and other health centres and contacted several health authorities in São Tomé and Príncipe.

“We are carrying out a reconnaissance visit on the real health needs,” said Feng, who added “we already have an idea of ​​the support that China will provide to São Tomé and Príncipe for the health sector,” following the cut in support from Taiwan.

As well as contributing more than US$1 million annually, particularly in malaria control actions, Taiwan also worked in other areas of health through medical missions as well as rehabilitation and construction of health facilities. (macauhub)