Free Medical Screening for Savaii Residents

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The Embassy of China in Samoa and the Government of Samoa through the Ministry of Health co-organised a free medical screening program for selected local communities in Savaii.

Over 252 local residents were screened by a Chinese Medical Team with measurement of blood glucose levels, blood pressure monitoring and diagnosis and treatment for common diseases.

Through it’s partnership with the Ministry of Health, additional services were also made available including audiology testing, ears nose and throat consultation and basic eye (ophthalmic) examinations.

Honourable Valasi Toogamaga Tafito Selesele, Samoa’s Minister of Health gave a keynote address at the beginning of thr program followed by His Excellency Chao Xiaoliang, Ambassador of China to Samoa.

The Honourable Minister of Health spoke about the extensive history of medical assistance from China over several decades which has included visiting Chinese specialists, humanitarian assistance and human resource development.

H.E. Ambassador Chao Xiaoliang said health is the most important treasure of life and everybody must take care of their health.

“Regular check-ups are essential,” said His Excellency.

The Ambassador thanked the Ministry of Health, the villages and district hospitals involved and all the participants for being a part of the event and expressed his willingness for enhancing cooperation in the medical field for the two countries.

The Chinese Embassy donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the communities and Sataua & Fuailalo District Hospitals at the end of the launching ceremony.

The Chinese government has been sending medical teams to Samoa to provide voluntary medical services since the 1980s.

To date, over 130 medical professionals from 19 medical teams have worked in various hospitals in Samoa.

Since 2018, China has enhanced Chinese medical team aid and selected experienced doctors from top hospitals to work in Samoa for half-year terms.

The current batch of CMT, which consists of 8 medical professionals are currently working at TTM hospital. In addition to their clinical services provided at TTM Hospital, they have now also conducted free medical clinics in local communities.