São Tomé and Príncipe receives new medical team from China

São Tomé and Príncipe’s Minister of Health, Maria de Jesus Trovoada, welcomed the second medical team sent by China to the West African archipelago on Wednesday and thanked the members of the first team for the support provided to the population as well as the knowledge passed on to the local medical sector staff.

The reception of the second medical team, which replaced the first one that stayed in the archipelago for six months, took place in a ceremony held in São Tomé, which was attended by the Chinese ambassador Wang Wei.

The new Chinese medical mission includes seven specialists in the fields of cardiology, stomatology, dermatology and general surgery, and now includes an acupuncture specialist.

In addition to providing services in the largest health centre in São Tomé, Ayres de Menezes Hospital, the Chinese team also provided assistance in other health centres in the archipelago.

Chinese cooperation in the health sector also includes the intervention of a Chinese team specialising in malaria action, replacing a team from Taiwan, which spent about US$1 million a year on this project.

Cooperation between São Tomé and Príncipe and China covers, in addition to health, the agriculture, energy and infrastructure sectors, tourism, fisheries and technical assistance. (macauhub)