THE Chinese government has released 400 million Yuan (about $58 million) for bed space expansion at the Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital from the current 150 to 850. Chinese Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Chen Shijie said China would also help the hospital set up an endoscopy treatment centre within the next three years which would offer a better public health service to the Zambian people. Mr Chen said China would work closely with Zambia to promote health cooperation to a higher level especially with the current favourable policy support from the Zambian Government. “I believe that there is great potential of medical cooperation between China and Zambia. More Chinese medical equipment and medicine will be accessible to the Zambian market which will help to alleviate the shortage of medicines in the country,” Mr Chen said. He said this during the award ceremony of the 18th Chinese medical team that had completed their one year service to Zambia and were returning to China. Speaking in a speech read on his behalf by Ministry of Health spokesperson Kennedy Malama, Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya commended the Chinese government for their support in the medical sector that had seen more Zambian doctors study in that country in various fields.

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