China’s medical team successfully completes Zimbabwe mission

by Tulip Charowa

THE 18th China Medical Team to Zimbabwe has completed its mission successfully and is heading back to Beijing after 15 months in the country.

The 10-member team despatched to Zimbabwe in September 2020 to assist the country in the fight against COVID-19 as well as explore other areas in the traditional medicine field.

“They worked here from September 2020 to December 2021 and treated thousands of local patients with professional skills. We salute their contribution and devotion to medical cooperation between two countries,” said the Chinese Embassy to Zimbabwe in a statement Wednesday.

The 10-member team was the 18th of its kind to visit Zimbabwe.

The head of Chinese medical team, who is the deputy chief physician in the Radiology Department of the Zhuzhou Central Hospital, Dr. Luo Weiqiang had said upon arrival in September last year that his team was not focusing on Covid-19 alone.

“We want to assist Zimbabwe in the fight against COVID-19 as well as explore other areas in the traditional medicine field.

“We will also focus on the promotion of the Chinese Traditional Medicine,” he said.

The 10-member Chinese 18th medical team to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe enjoys strong relations with China, which has shipped millions of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine doses to Harare as the country battled one Covid-19 variant after another.

Over 4 million Zimbabweans have received one dose of the vaccine, while more than 3 million people are now fully vaccinated.

This makes Zimbabwe one of the highly vaccinated countries in Africa.

“As at 28 December 2021, Zimbabwe had 207 548 confirmed cases, including 169 963 recoveries and 4 940 deaths. To date, a total of 4 106 875 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19,” said the Ministry of Health and Child Care in an update Wednesday.

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