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Tanzanian Minister for Health, Ummy Mwalimu, has commended Chinese medical doctors assigned to the East African nation for providing service for more than 15 million people.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the commendable services these doctors have been providing to the people who received their services,” said Mwalimu on Friday night at a farewell reception to the 24th China medical team in Tanzania who has accomplished their mission

Since 1968 China has been sending teams of doctors to work in Tanzania. The doctors worked at the Muhimbili National Hospital and at the country’s regional hospitals in Dodoma, Tabora and Mara, according to the minister.

“I hope that in future more Chinese doctors will be sent to Tanzania to provide the much-needed specialist services,” said Mwalimu.

She said the Tanzanian government has embarked on a mission to stop sending patients outside the country for treatment.

Wang Ke, the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, said by 2017, 24 Chinese medical team with 1,080 doctors have been sent to Tanzania.

She said the Chinese doctors have been to all regions of Tanzania, including the remotest to provide medical services to 15 million people.

Wang said besides the Chinese medical teams, the Chinese government supported Tanzania in the construction of the state-of-the-art Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute, which came into operation in September 2012. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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