The Public Health Ministry and the Chinese Embassy have hosted a dinner to bid farewell to the 13th Chinese Medical Brigade and welcome the 14th batch of Chinese doctors to Guyana.Delivering remarks at the occasion, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo congratulated the outgoing medical team for successfully completing their one-year voluntary stint in the country.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence receives a token of appreciation from members of the 13th Chinese Medical Brigade“During this period, I have met with members of the team and have appreciated their commitment, not only to the duty, but to reach out to our people in the rural communities. I recall warmly the team’s visits with us to Berbice and elsewhere,” he said.According to a report published by the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Prime Minister wished the outgoing team members success as they reunite with their families in China, and expressed optimism that one day they would return to Guyana, where they now have many friends.“…we will remember them, and should we visit China in the future, we would certainly request Jiangsu Province and, more especially, the City of Lianyungang,” he declared.In her remarks, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence said Government recognises the wide range of knowledge and expertise the Chinese Government has, over the years, extended to the people of Guyana through the annual mission of the Chinese Medical Teams.She noted that Guyana has witnessed the deepening and strengthening of the relationship between the two countries, engendered by the interaction of the Medical Teams — the health care providers — and the beneficiaries.“As the Minister of Public Health, I wish to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for the solidarity, support and invaluable service to the Health Sector,” she said.Minister Lawrence also extended gratitude to the members of the outgoing team for their expertise and assistance in the recently concluded four-day Health Expo held at the Sophia Exhibition Centre.The 13th Chinese Medical Team comprised a total of 16 specialists, 11 of whom were stationed at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), while five members were assigned to the Linden Hospital (LHC). The doctors shared their knowledge and experience with their colleagues at the two hospitals in the areas of Pathology, Radiology and Genealogy, among other things.The leader of the outgoing 13th Medical team, Dr. Lui Yi, highlighted that the group would have treated some 30,000 patients and conducted some 3000 operations at the GPHC and the LHC; and held some 11 outreaches in rural and remote areas.Dr. Li said the team has developed a deep friendship with the Guyanese people and their colleagues at the respective hospitals.Leader of the incoming 14th Medical Team, Dr. Shen Jian, assured the outgoing team that his batch of doctors would continue in their footsteps.Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Missions, Chinese Embassy in Guyana, Chen Xilai, congratulated members of the outgoing team for their success over their one-year period.He also noted that the relationship between Guyana and China would continue to grow, since it has been 25 consecutive years since the Chinese Medical Team has been coming to Guyana.The most recent 14-member team will see 10 doctors stationed at the GPHC and four at the LHC.
0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne passes instruction to his players during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on July 25, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – Ahead of the first leg of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Tanzania at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne is faced with a headache.The pre-season transfer window has left his CHAN team in tatters with several key positions left vacant. Faruk Shikalo moved to the Tanzanian Premier League after signing with Yanga while midfielder Francis Kahata moved to cross-town rivals Yanga. Striker John Avire, by the coach’s own admission is AWOL while winger Paul Were might not be available as he is trying to work on a move out of the country.His biggest headache is the goalkeeping and striking departments as he had made up his mind that Shikalo would be his starter between the sticks while Avire who earned lots of praise from his performance at the Cup of Nations was expected to lead the line in attack.“Avire, I don’t know where he is maybe you can tell me. If you have any news you can tell me,” the tactician stated on the absence of Avire.Harambee Stars striker John Avire during his debut against Madagascar in a friendly match at the Stade Robert Bobin in Paris on June 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Sofapaka forward had been at the centre of a transfer saga that left the Football Kenya Federation Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi as a casualty after he stepped aside following his implication in an alleged foiled transfer of the forward to an unnamed club in Egypt.In his absence now, Migne has to look on Piston Mutamba, Nicholas Kipkurui and last season’s Kenyan Premier League top scorer for solutions though he says they lack in experience at the high level.“It’s difficult like when we lost Faruk. We need to find an option but now I don’t have an answer. I know Piston but for Kip and Enosh, I don’t know them at this kind of level. It is another step for them but we will see,”“Of course we have lost a lot of mature players for this level. It will be difficult but it will be a good opportunity for some players to show me their qualities. We will play with players without huge experience,”“It will be a big difference between us and Tanzania. Except Dennis (Odhiambo) and Philemon (Odhiambo) we don’t have many players who played at AFCON. For them, they have seven or eight players who played,” the tactician further stated.Harambee Stars goalkeepers Faruk Shikalo and John Oyemba arrive at the training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis goalkeeping department also has Migne worried as he is left with John Oyemba who didn’t have much of playing time at Kariobangi Sharks last season, Ulinzi Stars skipper James Saruni and Bandari’s second choice from last season Mike Wanyika who he called up early this week.The tactician has admitted that there is a scarcity of good goalkeepers in the country but believes with the investment in the FKF Centre of Excellence, the problem can be solved in the next few years.“We don’t have lots of talented keepers and that’s the reality. Even Matasi (Patrick) I would like to put pressure on him, but as at now he is the best we have. We need to think about the improvement and development for this department in the team from the youth. We need to work hard and try build some strong keepers,”The tactician will now have a headache of choosing who to start against Tanzania on Sunday between the three uncapped shot stoppers.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)