President David Granger last evening attended a reception to bid farewell to the 11th batch of the Chinese Medical Brigade and welcomed their replacement; a 16-member team of medical professionals, who arrived in Guyana two days ago, a release from the Ministry of the Presidency said yesterday.
The reception was organised by the Chinese Embassy in Georgetown.
First Lady, Sandra Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan also attended the function.
“Cooperation in the health sector has been a distinguishing feature of human relations, which emphasise the formal engagement between our two republics and, most particularly, the personal and everyday friendship between our two peoples,” Granger said, according to the press release. He added that the presence of the Chinese medical team in Guyana has contributed significantly to the development of a healthy population and, thereby, has contributed to the wealth of the nation.
“Thousands of our Guyanese have benefited from the expertise of these specialists and from the equipment, which was donated under the programme. Guyanese are extremely grateful for the work and contributions of the Chinese Medical Brigade,” the President declared.
The President reminded that the cooperation between the two countries is further evidenced by the establishment of an Eye Centre at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and the commissioning of a centre for laparoscopic surgery at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) in September, 2014.