Chinese medical team leaves for Pakistan

BEIJING, AUG 26 (APP): In continuation with the flood relief assistance being provided by China to Pakistan, a medical team comprising 60 doctors and paramedics left for Islamabad Thursday morning.The team is also taking along a mobile hospital for providing immediate relief to the needy people.At a ceremony held at the Beijing Capital international airport Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan and diplomats from Pakistan Embassy bade farewell to the team and wished them success. “We welcome you,” remarked Ambassador Khan.

While addressing the ceremony, Ambassador Masood Khan said the Chinese team’s mission is heroic. He said the “Government and people of Pakistan, are deeply moved by this friendly and humanitarian gesture.”
As millions of displaced persons have moved into temporary shelters and relief camps, the biggest danger is the spread of disease and epidemics, he said.
“Mission, going to Pakistan today will stem disease, save lives, heal wounds, and thus rekindle new hopes” said Khan.
He said the “People of China are our dear brothers and sisters. They are so near to our heart. This Chinese Mission is going to Pakistan even as China itself fights the bitter consequences of floods and mudslides.”
The ceremony was also attended by Mr. Sun Weidong, Deputy Director General (Asia), of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Earlier, the Ambassador met the Deputy Chief of China’s Earthquake Authority, Mr. Zhao He Ping and thanked him  for providing timely relief to Pakistan in this time of difficulty.
He said women and children are most vulnerable under these circumstances and appreciated that female doctors have also been included in the medical team.
He said the government of Pakistan is grateful that a similar Chinese medical team dispatched to the earthquake affected areas in 2005 left all their equipment including their mobile hospital in Pakistan while returning.
Mr. Ping informed the Ambassador that in 2005 the medical team stayed in Pakistan for one month. This time the duration of their stay would depend on the actual situation, he added – APP