Then National, Wednesday 12th September, 2012
FOUR doctors from the Chinese province of Guangdong are in Port Moresby to provide assistance and expertise at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
The doctors are obstetrician/gynaecologist Dr Wang Zi Lian, rheumatologist (arthritis and joints diseases) Dr Lian Fan, paediatrician Dr Jiang Xiao Yun and endocrinologist (diabetes and hormones) Dr Li Yan Bin.
They arrived yesterday from Guangdong where they practice medicine in one of China’s best hospitals, the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University.
They will be here for two days before returning home – to Guangdong.
Health Minister Michael Malabag, who met the doctors on arrival, said the long-lasting bilateral relations between the Chinese and PNG governments had led to much-needed assistance such as this medical team to PNG.
Malabag said he hoped the short visit by the doctors would shed light on addressing some of PNG’s health issues such as procurement of anti-malarial and anti-AIDS drugs and to treat curable diseases.
Head of the delegation and vice-director general of Guangdong’s foreign affairs office, Wang Shitong, anticipated a fruitful two days where the medical contribution could go a long way in helping Papua New Guineans.
Speaking through a translator, Wang said the team came not only with expertise but with friendship.
He said he understood that although they would not be in Port Moresby for a long time, this was the beginning of a medical relationship.
He invited PNG medical practitioners to visit Guangdong, which has more than 150,000 medical centres.