Chinese doctor Pan Lianxue examines a local child at her clinic in Nairobi, Kenya, August 17, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Yan)
A FRIEND IN NEED
"A friend in need is a friend indeed, and for that reason, China has truly proven to be our friend indeed through its support in different sectors in this country," said Tanzanian Minister for Education, Science and Technology Joyce Ndalichako in Dar es Salaam earlier this month when bidding farewell to the students and medical staff who are going to China to study on Chinese scholarships.
"We are glad and appreciate that most of these trainees will be trained in the areas where the nation is facing a critical shortage of staff," Ndalichako said.
When Chinese navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" visited Tanzania in November last year and provided free medical treatment to the locals, Tanzanian President John Magufuli thanked Chinese doctors.
"The coming of the ship has written a new history in the cordial relationship of the two countries," he said.
The "Peace Ark" had stayed eight days in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam and treated 6,441 patients.
In Ethiopia, Chinese medical teams have more than nearly 45 years of experience working across the country.
Mei Gengnian, head of the first Chinese medical team to Ethiopia, died in 1975 in a car accident while he was serving local communities in Jimma, 380 km south of Addis Ababa.
Buried near the spot where he died, his grave is being tended by a local family, and Mei's son has followed his father's footsteps by joining a mission to Ethiopia.
At a ceremony held in Lusaka this month to celebrate 40 years of the presence of Chinese medical teams in Zambia, the country's Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said, "We want to place on record our gratitude to the people of China and the Chinese government for this great cooperation."