eye-surgery.jpgThe Chinese eye specialists who have been conducting free eye surgeries at Chitungwiza Central Hospital under the brightness trip have returned to China after successfully conducting 310 cataract removal surgeries.



The Chinese delegation was seen off at Manyame Airbase by the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantine Chiwenga, Commander of the Air Force of Zimbabwe Air Marshall Perence Shiri, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence Mr Martin Rushwaya and the Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr. Xin Shunkang.


General Chiwenga commended the doctors for a tremendous job and added that missions like the just ended brightness trip further strengthen the excellent bilateral relations that already exist between Zimbabwe and China.


“On behalf of the Zimbabwean government we would like to extend our gratitude for the tremendous job that you undertook in the last five days that you were here. We hope the friendship between our two countries will continue to grow from strength to strength, and I know that the people who have benefited under this project will remain grateful to the Chinese government which made the trip possible,” said General Chiwenga.


Dr Zhu Siquan who was leading the Chinese doctors during the cataract operations said he was impressed by the expertise demonstrated by Zimbabwean doctors and pledged to organize exchange programs so that local doctors can go and learn the latest technologies that are now being used internationally.


Dr Siquan said: “We worked well with the local doctors despite language barriers and we are going to pursue the issue of exchange programs. I am hopeful that Zimbabwean doctors will benefit from learning the latest technologies.”

The brightness trip was sponsored by a Chinese company, Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group and Hainan Airlines which provided a private plane.


310 Zimbabweans mostly the elderly from across the country benefited from the free eye surgeries that were conducted at Chitungwiza Central Hospital for five days since Saturday the 20th.