Guyana, China forge closer health sector collaboration

GINA, GUYANA, Friday September, 23, 2016

The Ministry of Public Health is pursuing stronger ties with the People’s Republic of China which has provided health services to Guyana for 23 years.

Public Health Officials, including Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Health, Trevor Thomas, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud and Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings with Vice Minister Cui Li, Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Zhang Limin, and members of the Chinese delegation in Guyana with the Vice Minister

Public Health Officials, including Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Health, Trevor Thomas, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud and Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings with Vice Minister Cui Li, Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Zhang Limin, and members of the Chinese delegation in Guyana with the Vice Minister

Vice Minister of National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China, Madam Cui Li, today arrived in Guyana on an official visit, with the aim of identifying areas in the health sector which could see Guyana benefitting from stronger collaborative efforts from China.

Shortly after arriving, Madam Li said, “This visit is a great contribution to the relationship between China and Guyana, especially in the realm of public health. At this time, I would like to show my great wishes in the realm of ophthalmology, minimally invasive surgeries and general surgeries, and to fill in the blanks in medical skills.”

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings and  Vice Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, Madam Cui Li

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings and Vice Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, Madam Cui Li

The Chinese Vice Minister will later today be making a donation of medical supplies and medical instruments to the Ministry of Public Health.

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings identified the excellent bilateral relations fostered by the two countries. “Guyana and China have had a relationship for over four decades now and the Chinese have been coming, offering services to the Ministry of Public Health for 23 years. They have been giving excellent services and we hope that they continue and we are going to strengthen that relationship hence the visit.”

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings interacts with Vice Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, China, Madam Cui Li

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings interacts with Vice Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, China, Madam Cui Li

Vice Minister Li and her delegation will be meeting with officials from the Ministry and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to assess the current status of healthcare in Guyana while identifying areas for further collaboration.

Over the years the Government of Guyana has continuously received support from the People’s Republic of China for the local health sector’s development.

Guyana has received support from China in the areas of medicine,

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings greets a members of the Chinese Vice-Ministerial delegation as they arrive at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings greets a members of the Chinese Vice-Ministerial delegation as they arrive at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport

transportation, trade, politics and economic aid.

The twelfth Chinese medical brigade arrived in Guyana on June 15, for a two- year tenure performing medical services in the areas of acupuncture, anaesthetics, gynaecology, nephrology, oncology, ophthalmology, pathology, radiology, urology, obstetrics, paediatrics, general surgery, plastic surgery and osteopathy.

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