Samira Merai says "optimistic" about future of Chinese-Tunisian health co-operation
21/10/2016 19:46, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Health minister, Samira Merai said she was "optimistic" about the future of the Chinese -Tunisian health co-operation, announcing the imminent start of construction of a second university hospital in Sfax whose work will be completed in three years at the latest.

At a ceremony held on Friday to mark the end of the mission of the Chinese health delegation in Tunisia, the Minister praised the health co-operation between the two countries, reflected in the deployment of Chinese medical teams Chinese in interior regions and their outstanding contribution to the promotion of health services, particularly in specialty medicine.

"The Chinese-Tunisian co-operation has deep-rooted traditions, as it dates back to the 70’s when the first bilateral agreement of co-operation in the health sector was signed", said the minister, expressing readiness to develop co-operation, particularly in the field of medical tourism.

As such, the minister promised to work to improve hospitality and accommodation conditions and services of the Chinese health delegations coming to Tunisia.

 For her part, China’s ambassador in Tunis, Bian Yanhua talked about the history of the Chinese-Tunisian relations, which date back to over 40 years when the first Chinese medical team landed in Tunisia within the framework of technical co-operation.

"Since then, 21 medical teams have been deployed in Tunisia, i.e. nearly 800 doctors, men and women," she recalled.

"A new Chinese medical team, consisting of 35 doctors shared out between five regions of the country will arrive in Tunisia on October 27," she announced, reaffirming the commitment to pursue efforts to expand bilateral co-operation.

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