Minister for Education, Science and Technology Prof Joyce Ndalichako made the statement in Dar es Salaam on Sunday during a farewell ceremony to fifty Tanzanian recipients of China’s medical scholarships.
Ndalichako challenged the scholarship recipients to utilise the opportunity effectively so as to improve the country’s medical services.
The trainees will be trained to be specialists in the areas where the nation faces critical shortage of staff such as bone marrow transplant, liver transplant, transfusion medicine and biomedical engineering.
Prof Ndalichako said the scholarships are a result of good relationship between the two countries. She noted that last year when the Chinese navy hospital ship ‘Peace Ark’ visited Tanzania President Magufuli visited it and asked his counterpart President XI Jinping of China to support the country’s health sector by providing scholarships to Tanzanian medical experts.
A total of 6,441 Tanzanians were provided with free medical treatment at the Chinese navy hospital ship ‘Peace Ark’.
“We recommend the Chinese government for immediate response to President Magufuli’s quest,” said the education minister.
Chinese ambassador to Tanzania Wang Ke said medical and health cooperation between China and Tanzania began in 1964 and 1968 when the Chinese government started to send medical teams to Zanzibar and Tanzania mainland.
"So far, 22 million people have received treatment from the Chinese medical teams," said Wang, adding that a total of 32 Chinese medical team members are currently working at Muhimbili National Hospital, Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute, Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute and in hospitals in Zanzibar and Pemba.
Wang said that improvement of medical services in Tanzania will serve monies that were spent to treat patients abroad.