“When we work together, we can achieve great things”– PM Nagamootoo to Chinese Medical Brigade

– learning experience and an exercise in collaboration and solidarity

–Govt welcome 15th Chinese Medical Brigade

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, July 11, 2019

The outgoing  14th Chinese Medical Brigade were commended for the quality of health care they brought to Guyana by the Honourable Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo. He also welcomed the 15th Brigade to Guyana’s shores.

At a reception on Wednesday evening at the New Thriving Restaurant in Providence, the Prime Minister also acknowledged the Guyanese doctors who worked alongside the 14th brigade, describing it as “both a learning experience and an exercise in collaboration and solidarity.”

He highlighted noted that over the last 50 years Guyana and China have forged an unbreakable bond through many collaborations especially in the medical sector. He movingly recalled the care the brigade offered him after his surgery

“We value your contribution.  You are part of Guyana,” the Prime Minister stated. He explained that Guyana stands to learn much from the advances China has made in all sectors. “We are learning from your example; you have made fantastic progress.”

Prime Minister Nagamootoo applauded the 14th brigade as he noted the team completed “28,600 rounds at the hospital, they did 1140 acupuncture, 1920 surgeries and 550 emergency cases among others.”

Addressing the 16 members of the 15th Chinese Brigade, the Prime Minister said “you are inheriting a good tradition of friendship and cooperation. Also, we understand the sacrifices you make, leaving your families to come here for a year and we appreciate the efforts you have made.”

Kassandra Alves, Chairwoman of the GPHC, speaking on behalf of the Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, also thanked the 14th Brigade for their contributions which included participating in more than 20 medial outreaches in Regions Four, Six and 10; and also bringing more than 40 new types of technologies to the sector.

The head for the 14th Brigade Dr Shen Jiansong explained that of the 16 members on his team, 11 worked at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) while five were stationed at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC). The 14th Brigade arrived in Guyana on June 21, 2018, and will depart on July 12, 2019. Dr Jiansong thanked Government for allowing the brigade to contribute by utilising their skills for the betterment of the local health sector.

Dr. Yang Jun, Head of the 15th Chinese Medical Brigade noted that his team is appreciative for this opportunity and are ready for their collaboration with the administration.

In his remarks Chinese Ambassador, HE Cui Jianchun said “this shows that we can work together. This is our effort for the Guyanese people.” The ambassador thanked the 14th Brigade for their contribution and welcomed the new batch.