Ambassador of People’s Republic of China to Zimbabwe, Mr. Guo Shaochun donated cervical cancer screening and treating equipment worth worth 14 million.
China has since launched a Cervical Cancer Detection and Treatment Project at Parirenyatwa Hospital, a clinical camp that is expected to screen and treat over 3000 women with issues around cervical cancer.
The Asian country has also made available three batches of medical equipment worth $14 million to Chinhoyi Hospital and Mahusekwa. In addition, China will dispatch 150 doctors who will work together with their local counterparts to serve Zimbabwean patients, a move aimed at fulfilling their commitment to assist their all weather friend to advance its health system.
The equipment was donated to capacitate Parirenyatwa Hospitals for check ups and operations.
The Minister for Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo expressed gratitude towards the donation since cervical cancer, one of the dreadiest non-communicable diseases among women is receiving such attention in the country.
“I am really moved by the enthusiasm shown by our Chinese colleagues to selflessly partner my ministry in the screening and treatment of cervical cancer. We are forever grateful to you, Mr Guo Shaochun representing our Chinese friends,” said the Minister.
“This is the third time in three consecutive years that such a clinical camp has been held at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and we hope that this third phase will see over 3000 women cumulatively being screened and some actually receiving the necessary treatment,” said the Minister.
Dr. Moyo also commended the repairing of radiotherapy machines.
“I am well aware that the radiotherapy equipment at public hospitals, is not working and my ministry has already intervened and availed the required resources. I am reliably informed that payment to the suppliers, in the case of Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, has already been processed and we are now expecting the engineers any time soon,” said Dr Moyo.
“My ministry is doing everything possible to ensure that those screened and found to be in need of treatment get the necessary treatment. We are as a ministry also working on modalities to ensure that cancer treatment goes on without any hindrance at both Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and Mpilo Central Hospital where the equipment is found,” he added.