By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Sixteen Chinese nationals arrived in Guyana as part of the 11th Chinese Medical Brigade, consisting of plastic and general Surgeons, Pediatricians, Gynecologists, Radiologists and Orthopedics among others and will serve the medical needs of Guyanese at the Georgetown Public Hospital and the Linden Hospital Complex for the next two years.
On Tuesday afternoon (June 17), a reception was held in honor of the 10th Brigade which will depart in the coming days and to welcome the new medical team. The departing 15 member team was bestowed with plaques and token by Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsarran as a symbol of the government’s appreciation for the almost two decades of such medical assistance.
Dr. Ramsarran said the 10th brigade has made its mark and the continued assistance is an indication that the relationship between Guyana and China is getting better.
“You represent a strong foundation of what South South cooperation represents. You have brought the new perspective on China .China is making its mark in the Caribbean, your presence here is significant,” Dr Ramsarran said.
He outlined that living quarters have been constructed to better accommodate the medical team even as Guyana hopes to increase the numbers.
The Minister said he hopes that the new team will be involved in more outreaches, especially to remote areas and get more involved in doing research and sharing expertise.
It was pointed out too that through this exchange Guyana will also benefit from medical supplies and equipment from the Chinese government.
Also at the event was Director of Medical and Professional Services, Sheik Amir, Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy, Yuying Liu and GPHC CEO Michael Khan.