Tirunesh-beijing Hospital is also considered as a fine example of the longstanding bilateral relations between Ethiopia and China. Ambassador La said China and Ethiopia are friendly countries with a multifaceted relationship, and the launching of the two centers will contribute to the people-to-people exchanges between the two.
Ethiopia is also benchmarking China’s development model to reduce poverty, according to Dr. Kebede Worku, State Minister of Health. China’s Henan Province began sending medical aid teams to Ethiopia in 1973. For over 43 years, 21 teams totaling 327 medical personnel were dispatched to four cities along with Ethiopian medical practitioners.
“We learn from each other and made mutual progress. By working together, we became brothers and sisters,” said Li Guangsheng, Director General of Health and Family Planning Commission of Henan Province.
Li said, in the future, they will work hard to make better progress in order to fill the gap between what has been done and the expectations from their Ethiopian counterparts. The assignment of the Chinese medical teams for the last five decades has been instrumental in improving Ethiopia’s health sector, said Worku.