Health Minister welcomes Chinese medical team

Minister of Health, the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, recently welcomed the second batch of Chinese medical professionals during a courtesy call made by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency Song Yumin. This forms part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the People’s Republic of China for collaboration in the medical field.

The medical team, comprising neurosurgeons, nurses and anaesthetists will be meeting with the Regional Health Authorities to review cases and to conduct training with local medical staff. Training includes microsurgery teaching, operating theatre management systems and anaesthesia management of endovascular treatment. These are being conducted at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex and San Fernando General Hospital.

During the visit, an agreement was signed for the donation of specialist medical equipment for use at public hospitals.  The donation, which is valued at approximately TT$ 1,152,535.00, contains 368 items including a neural-vascular remodelling device, plugging balloon catheter, flow micro-catheter, detachable coils and a laminar bone rongeur.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on May 14, 2018 during the official visit of Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley to the People’s Republic of China.  This MoU secured the provision of specialist medical teams from leading neurosurgical medical institutes in China to perform much needed neurosurgeries for locals. The MOU also allows for suitably qualified Medical Practitioners from Trinidad and Tobago to train as Neurosurgery Specialists in China, during a three-year period. 

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