New Chinese medical mission to be active in Tunisian hospitals soon
03/11/2019 16:35, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- The Chinese medical mission (No. 24) will, in the coming days, take over from the previous mission that had treated more than 85,000 patients performed 7,000 surgeries and provided free medical consultations to Tunisians living in the country’s inland regions, said China’s Ambassador to Tunisia, Wang Wenbin.

The Chinese diplomat said at a reception Saturday, in honor of the new medical mission, that boosting cooperation in the medical field is one of the priorities of the Tunisian-Chinese relations. He said the two parties are working to implement the recommendations of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation related to the development of health and medical support operations.

The ambassador underscored that Tunisia and China are working together to complete the new projects in this sector, pointing out that the progress achieved so far in the construction of a university hospital in Sfax with Chinese funds is the best proof.

He said that China plans to provide the hospital with all necessary medical equipment, according to the needs set by the Tunisian government. It will also dispatch a team of experts to develop a feasibility study to make extension works within the hospital.

The Chinese diplomat expressed his country’s willingness to continue boosting bilateral cooperation in the health sector as well as launch new projects that would benefit the Tunisian people.

China sent its first medical mission to Tunisia in 1973. These missions included more than a thousand Chinese physicians specialised in the following fields: general surgery, gynecology, obstetrics, radiology, pediatrics, orthopedics, cardiovascular diseases and acupuncture. ..

These medical teams have provided medical services to 5 million 760 Tunisian patients and treated 880,000 patients in hospitals and performed 320,000 surgeries.

In 1994, the first acupuncture center in the Arab world was founded in Tunis particularly at “La Marsa Hospital” before converting it into a Chinese center of medicine and acupuncture in 2004. It was the only medical center in Africa to provide diagnosis services, clinical treatment as well as acupuncture training.

Until today, the center has trained 164 Tunisian doctors.

The Chinese ambassador said that both countries are discussing the possibility to transforming the medical centre into a cooperation center in the field of Chinese medicine.

The diplomat recalled that the Chinese medical teams are a "messenger of health and friendship" and that they have contributed since 1963 to providing health services and treatments to more than 208 million patients worldwide.

He said 1096 members of these medical teams are active in 111 medical institutions in 56 countries "so as to provide free medical services, therefore contributing to the promotion of human health and peace in the world."

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