Chinese doctors donate P1 million equipment
Two Chinese doctors, Huang Yixiong and Lin Zhinxiong have donated medical equipment (orthopaedic consumables) worth P1million to Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital recently.
Huang is a Thoracic surgeon of the 14th China Medical Team working in Nyangabgwe Hospital. He started work in Botswana in June 2015 and he is completing his journey with Nyangabgwe hospital this June 2017.
Speaking at the donation ceremony Huang said the reason why they chose to donate to Nyangabgwe hospital is that Botswana has to import most of its medical devices from other countries.
‘‘With the orthopedic department being one of the departments, which results in patients being referred to other distant or private hospitals we had to solve the problem by donating,” said Huang.
Orthopedic Department Head, Doctor Petrus Marakalala said that the hospital had been suffering from shortage of orthopedic equipment and had to refer patients to other hospitals before.
Marakalala said the equipment help patients suffering from broken bones.
The deputy permanent secretary Botsang John made a reflection on the journey of Botswana and China towards improving service delivery in Botswana.
“The relationship between China and Batswana can be traced from as far back as more than three decades ago. As this relationship gradually grew, not only did China provide specialist services, but they also contributed immensely in donating various items such as medical equipment and medical books,’’ John said.
John closed by urging Nyangabwe Hospital staff to utilise the consumables prudently and commit them to target reduction of referrals, which will be an indication that the donation is appropriately used.
The deputy head at the Chinese embassy, Wang Bangfu said that the charitable activity of these two Chinese citizens was a vivid display of a solid friendship between China and Botswana.
‘‘I am sure this donation will certainly help to promote the people-to-people friendship between two countries,’’ Bangfu said.