Chinese medical team arrives in Sao Tome and Principe to provide health care

A Chinese medical team has been in Sao Tome and Principe since Thursday to provide health care in the archipelago’s hospitals, said the head of the Chinese mission, Wang Jun Quiang.

Jun Quiang told Macauhub that it was “the first Chinese medical mission to come out of a bilateral agreement in the health sector,” following the re-establishment on 26 December of diplomatic relations between China and Sao Tome and Principe, replacing Taiwan.

The Chinese team is composed of “specialists in cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, general surgery and some nurses,” Quiang said, stressing that “this group will have a six-month mission” in Sao Tome and Principe.

In addition to providing services in the largest hospital of Sao Tome, “Ayres de Menezes,” the Chinese team also will also work at other health centres on the archipelago, Jun said.

The health sector, along with agriculture, energy and infrastructure are the priorities in the process of defining areas for the framework cooperation programme, which is expected to be signed soon along with embassies being opened in Beijing and Sao Tome.

A few days before the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Beijing, the Sao Tome government unilaterally cut relations with Taiwan which cooperated with the archipelago in the same areas with monetary support estimated at over US$16 million per year. (macauhub)