Paulina Quintao – The Executive Director of the National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV), in Dili, Dr. Aniceto Barreto said currently there are 12 Chinese medical specialists providing health assistance at the hospital.
The specialists are providing care in urology, surgery, ophthalmology, maternity, radiology, as well as in other areas.
Dr. Barreto acknowledged that in some areas the hospital still depends on the specialist from overseas, not only from China, but also from Cuba and from Australia.
"We hope that in future besides supporting expertise they also can support in education, to give a chance to the doctors to take a part in comparative study in order to strengthen their capacity. Medicine is dynamic, from time to time, new treatments and approaches to disease also change," he added.
He said also the development of human resources capacity is very important and needs support from developed countries to continue to strengthen the knowledge and capacity of Timorese doctors based existing and new technologies.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Chinese Brigade Dr. Hu Peng said the Government of China supports in three areas, human resources, facilities and equipment.
He said during the past 15 years of cooperation with Timor-Leste, 85 Chinese specialists have been placed at the national hospital to support health assistance at HNGV.
"We are glad to be helping Timor-Leste, especially communities who need health assistance," he said. He added that every two years the Chinese medical team rotates at the HNGV.