GITEGA September 7th (ABP) – On Monday, September 5, 2022, the Chinese medical team completed a 21-day training course that it organized for doctors and nurses from the Regional Hospital of Gitega, on maternal and child health with the aim of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality, at that hospital.
In his speech, the Counselor of the Economic and Commercial Office at the Chinese Embassy in Burundi, Mr. Xiao Guofeng, hailed the bilateral relations that exist between Burundi and the People’s Republic of China. He pointed out that the province of Qinghai has already sent to Burundi 21 teams of 430 medical people to strengthen the medical cooperation that exists between the two countries respectively in three hospitals in Gitega, Bujumbura and Mpanda. He pointed out that this medical team will implement the China-Africa counterpart hospital cooperation construction project in 2023 and establish Burundi’s first treatment and antenatal care center for pregnant women and seriously ill women.
To that end, the counselor of the economic and commercial office at the Chinese embassy in Burundi indicated that during the 8th ministerial conference of the Forum on Sino-African cooperation, the President of China Mr. Xi Jinping proposed nine projects including the first was that of health.
He also confessed that China has the will to build a health community for mankind. Indeed, it will make unremitting efforts in deepening cooperation between the two countries in the fields of medicine and public health and helping Burundi to improve the level of public health and strengthen its capacity for independent development.
For his part, the medical director of the Regional Hospital of Gitega, Dr Éric Ndihokubwayo praised the role of that medical team at that hospital given its glaring lack of specialist doctors and related equipment. Dr. Ndihokubwayo, for that purpose, pleaded for the Chinese Embassy in Burundi to provide that hospital with medical equipment to ensure its proper functioning.
Note that on this occasion, the said medical team certified two doctors and three nurses who followed that training dedicated to maternal and child health.