MINISTER of Health Terrance Deyalsingh has welcomed a second batch of Chinese medical professionals into the local public health services sector.
They were introduced during a courtesy call made by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Trinidad and Tobago, Song Yumin on Thursday.
The presence here of the Chinses professionals is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has signed with the People’s Republic of China for collaboration in the medical field.
The Chinese 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 for the local medical professionals includes microsurgery, operating theatre management systems and anaesthesia management of endovascular treatment.
These exchanges are being conducted at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mount Hope and at the San Fernando General Hospital.
During the visit to the Ministry of Health by the Chinese ambassador, an agreement was also 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, involves 368 items including a neural-vascular remodelling device, plugging balloon catheters, flow micro-catheters, 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. Keith Rowley to the People’s Republic of China.
The MoU secured the provision of specialist medical teams from leading neurosurgical medical institutes in China to perform much-needed neurosurgeries here in T&T.
It also allows for suitably qualified T&T medical practitioners from Trinidad and Tobago to train as Neurosurgery Specialists in China, over a three-year period.