Chinese specialist doctors, who have been seconded to Zimbabwe on a one year working visit under a bilateral agreement entered into by the two friendly governments, will be deployed to the country’s major referral centre, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals where they are expected to offer medical support.

The team comprises specialists in orthopaedics, radiology, urology and gynaecology, among other fields.

Welcoming the team members and bidding farewell to the outgoing team, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Huang Ping said his country is committed to assisting Zimbabwe in various sectors and health is one area that the Asian government has been consistent in supporting.

The Principal Director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Mr Sydney Makarawo hailed the assistance by the Chinese government, adding that the team will compliment work being done by Zimbabwean doctors.

He said the working visit will give the two sides an opportunity to share and transfer skills.

For the past 16 years, the Chinese government has been sending teams of medical personnel to Zimbabwe on an annual basis and some of the team members have been deployed to other state run institutions across the country, where they have conducted various procedures that are normally referred to Harare.

The 15th team is leaving the country this Wednesday after a successful tour of duty and the leader of the outgoing team hailed the hospitality extended to the delegation by the Zimbabwean government.

Team Coordinator of the incoming group which becomes the 16th team to be seconded to Zimbabwe said they are looking forward to devoting their medical skills to assist patients as well as to share experiences with their Zimbabwean counterparts.