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Mozambican president  Filipe Nyusi
says country’s overall situation stable

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi said Wednesday that the nation’s overall situation is stable and inspires Mozambicans with confidence, despite the challenges that persist.

Nyusi made the remarks in his state of the nation speech in the Assembly of the Republic, in the presence of senior officials of his government and diplomatic corps.

The president said that one of the main achievements this year was the social and political stability that allowed the recovery of the national economy.

He said that peace was consolidated as the government and the opposition Renamo had reached an agreement on the decentralization of public administration and military affairs.

“We ensured that what was essential for us, and did not let the difficulties affect our confidence in the paths we have taken,” said Nyusi.

In the perspective of economic and social development, Nyusi said that the country endeavors to make more friends and raise more resources to enable the implementation of development program.

“In strengthening international cooperation and economic diplomacy, we participated in summits of the African Union, SADC, Commonwealth, BRICS and FOCAC,” said the president.



China-sponsored doctors dormitory completed in Mozambique

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- A 32-apartment dormitory building for doctors, constructed by a Chinese company with fund from China, was delivered on Monday in Maputo.

Mozambique’s Health Minister Nazira Abdula said at the inauguration ceremony that the new apartment building will improve the living condition for domestic and Chinese doctors and save money that was spent on rent. 

“The doctors who come from all the provinces to the capital city to engage in professional activities now have decent housing,” said the minister.

According to the minister, the building will also provide accommodation for the upcoming team of Chinese doctors. There have already been 21 teams since China started to send medical experts to the country in 1976.

“We can always count on the support of the Chinese government and people who have always placed their technical, scientific and professional knowledge at the disposal of the Mozambican people,” said Abdula.

Chinese ambassador to Mozambique Su Jian said health is one of the priority areas of China-Mozambique cooperation, which has achieved remarkable results.

“We encourage Chinese medical companies and institutions to invest in health care in Mozambique, and to participate in the operation and management of the hospital and in the production of medicines,” said the ambassador.

At the time a protocol was signed between the two governments for the arrival of a new medical team for the mission year 2019 and 2020, and the outgoing doctors received certificates of recognition for their outstanding work in the past two years.


Mozambique salutes ‘remarkable’ and life-saving Chinese doctors

By Li Xiaopeng, Yu Shuaishuai, Leovigildo Pedro MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambique’s health authority has hailed the African country’s medical cooperation with China as “one of the best.”

For the past 40 years after Mozambique’s independence from Portugal in 1975, China has dispatched over 300 medical workers to assist the southern African country’s health service as part of the two countries’ medical cooperation.

Speaking to Xinhua in a recent interview in Maputo, Mozambique’s Deputy Minister of Health Mouzinho Saide said Chinese doctors’ reputation in Mozambique is “remarkable” when it comes to saving lives.

Chinese doctors are highly respected with their expertise, responsibility as well as their readiness to respond to the needs of patients, Saide said.”We found the medical teams display discipline and knowledge, they establish good examples of activities in medical operations by saving lives in hospitals,” said Saide.

The two countries started to cooperate in the health sector in 1975, and China was among the first to cooperate with Mozambique in this regard.

China’s cooperation played an important role in a period when Mozambique had almost no properly trained doctors after the Portuguese settlers left the country, Saide added.

Currently, the 20th medical team of China to Mozambique has 13 doctors, who on average carry out over 1,100 outpatients and over 120 surgeries on a monthly basis.

“Our doctors are mainly from the clinical medicines, ranging from surgery, orthopedics, to obstetrics and gynecology,” said Liu Cunwei, head the medical team.

Mozambique is facing a severe, generalized HIV/AIDS epidemic, which is currently affecting 11.5 percent of the Mozambican population aged between 15-49 years old. Meanwhile, malaria and tuberculosis are also among the primary under-lying causes of illness and fatality in the country.

Nevertheless, some occupational exposures are difficult to avoid, given that staff proficiency in the majority of the local hospitals is yet to enhance.

Liu recalled that one of the Chinese doctors was once accidentally pierced by a needle handed over by his assistant during a surgery for an AIDS carrier.

For security reasons the doctor had to adopt post-exposure prophylaxis treatment, an antiretroviral drug treatment as prevention option with strong side effects, for at least one month to reduce the possibility of infection.

“Chinese doctors are probably the only ones treating local patients for free in the country, taking no salary from the Mozambican government,” said Liu.

As to malaria, China has provided help in facilities and medicines to Mozambique. “From this cooperation, Mozambique has benefited from malaria drugs, and we also got from the Macau forum (Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese Language Countries) different equipment for the functioning of the hospitals as well as training of medical doctors to treat malaria and other tropical diseases,” said Saide.

Saide, who has been to China in 2005, said that “one of the areas we learn a lot from China is in the traditional Chinese medicine.”

Saide expressed belief that traditional Chinese medicine has a very big potential in Mozambique.

“We need to make this potential to benefit more people, and it could serve as a complementary to address the drug deficit in Mozambique,” added Saide.



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