New Chinese medical team starts work

A new medical team from the People's Republic of China has started work at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (T.T.M.) at Moto’otua to offer specialised health services to Samoa.

The team consists of Yankai Yu, Yinnan Zhou, Dahua Sang, Lei Bi, Bingchen Liu and Lei Zhu who are all from the Jilin Province People's Hospital and will be in Samoa for the next six months.

The team leader, Yankai Yu, told the Samoa Observer on Tuesday that they are happy to be in the country and are delighted with the welcome that the Samoan people have given them since their arrival. 

"We are very glad to be in Samoa," said Dr. Yu.

He explained that his team is happy to be in the country and offer health services to the people of Samoa.

When asked how their experience has been thus far working at the T.T.M., Dr. Zhou said it has been great and they enjoy working with their Samoan colleagues, whom they found to be excellent in handling complex cases.

Dr. Yu then praised Samoa's COVID-19 response, saying that the country’s quarantine policy is effective and has kept the coronavirus at bay. 

According to a statement from a Chinese Embassy spokesperson, the medical team arrived in Samoa in early October and after quarantine and necessary training have started work at the national hospital for two weeks.

"The six-member C.M.T. (Chinese Medical Team) consists of experts specialised in various medical fields including otolaryngology, gastrointestinal surgery, nephrology, cardiovascular, urology surgery and dermatology, augmenting the number of those critically-needed specialists in Samoa," the statement reads.

"They are planning to work in Samoa for six months based on the protocol on dispatching Chinese medical team to work in Samoa between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Independent State of Samoa."

The statement added that since the 1980s, about 120 medical professionals have traveled from China to work in various hospitals in Samoa, which reflects the friendship between China and Samoa and the spirit of a community with a shared future between the two countries. 

"The Embassy of China in Samoa believes that the CMT will carry out effective cooperation with Samoan side and thus enhance bilateral relations in the health sector," the statement reads.

"Facing the severe challenges posed by COVID-19, China has exerted every efforts to assist Samoa to tide over the difficulties, apart from sending medical teams, Chinese side also donated medical equipment and [personal protective equipment] worth more than $1.45 million Tala, established [tghrough the] China-Pacific island Countries Anti-Epidemic Cooperation Fund, under which USD$250,000 was provided to Samoa."

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